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Development of the online romance scam toolkits for the public sector

This project focuses on the online dating romance scam. When victims report this crime the  police are often unsure of how to deal with this crime. To date, victims have not been treated differently to any other fraud case - the legal system does not recognise the stress they experience over and above that of financial loss. This project will draw on findings from work supported by an ESRC grant that has investigated this crime.

Specifically, the three objectives of the current proposed project are to:

  • improve the quality of care for victims of the online romance scam
  • decrease the likelihood of re-victimisation
  • improve current policing practice with regards to dealing with victims of the online romance scam.
True romance?

Author: Monica Whitty Date: 01 August 2013 Journal article