Staying safe from cyber-crime and scams

Romance Scams

Although this type of scam, also known as ‘Catfishing’ has been around for a long time, scammers have been taking further advantage of people’s vulnerabilities and isolation during the lockdown period. Not only via dating sites and apps but also through popular social media sites such as Facebook and Instagram. As more people turn to spending their time online, fraudsters create fake profiles and take advantage of those who may be looking for love and companionship, by slowly building a relationship and gaining their victim’s trust. It’s not long until requests for money begin, often with a sob story.