Romance fraud schemes are closing in on 7,000 cases reports the United Kingdom’s National Crime Agency.
Graeme Biggar, head of the National Crime Agency’s National Economic Crime said that the agency is currently fighting the surge in fraud during the last year due to the covid-19 pandemic.
Romance fraud usually involves the scammer using a catfish account to create a relationship with a potential victim and using the affection and trust gained to steal money.
Daily Mail reports that an average victim of romance fraud loses over 10,000 pounds.
Biggar revealed that NCA was using new data analytic tools to track suspects of fraud and identify their victims who are of aware of the fraud.
London police said that it notified 38 victims who were not aware that they were being scammed.
Biggar also said that social media companies like Facebook would ‘need to be regulated’ if they did not co-operate in tackling fraud on their platforms.
NCA’s had seen a persistent spike of cases from West African countries including Nigeria.