Man to appear in court over alleged online online dating scam worth £120,000


A man has been charged in connection with an alleged online dating scam worth £120,000.

The 45-year old will appear at Dundee Sheriff Court on Monday to face charges related to a romance fraud, money laundering and offences under the Immigration Act.

A report has been submitted to the Procurator Fiscal

A so-called romance scam is a trick involving feigned romantic intentions towards a victim, which sees the offender gain their affection and use their goodwill to commit fraud.

Detective Inspector Iain McPhail, of the Economic Crime and Financial Investigation Unit, warned people who are looking for love online to be vigilant at all times.

He said: “If you are being referred to a potential partner by a third party, please ensure that they actually know that individual.

“Take steps to verify that images you see of that person are actually real images of them and not taken from the internet to give you a positive impression of them.

“Avoid giving away too many personal details when dating online. Revealing your full name, date of birth and home address may lead to your identity being stolen.”

Reiterating the dangers of exchanging cash with a potential partner via the internet, he added: “Never send or receive money or give away your bank details to someone you’ve only met online, no matter how much you trust them or believe their story.

“Pick a reputable dating website and use the site’s messaging service. Fraudsters want to quickly switch to social media or texting so there’s no evidence of them asking you for money.

“Unfortunately there are some callous individuals who will prey on the trust of unsuspecting victims and take advantage of their compassion.”



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