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Coffee Morning at Light House- Romance scam
Heather and Suzane from Wolvehrmapton council visited us to discuss a romance scam.
Sadly, many people experience romance scams online. This is when a scam involves a victim sending money to criminals online mistaking it as a romantic relationship. The criminals can manipulate the victim to send money to pay for their medical care or transport which most of the time is a lie.
How users can stay safe from romance scams:
Be suspicious of any requests for money from someone you have never met in person, particularly if you have only recently met online.
Speak to your family or friends to get advice.
Ask Zebra Access staff to get advice (Advocacy officer)
No matter how long you’ve been speaking to someone online and how much you think you trust them, if you have not met them in person it is important that you do not:
Send them any money
Allow them access to your bank account
Provide copies of your personal documents such as your passport or driving licence
If you think you have been a victim of a romance scam, do not feel ashamed or embarrassed - you are not alone.
Contact your bank immediately and report it to Action Fraud
Or ask Zebra Access to support you with reporting.
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