Romance Fraudsters (1)

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 19th December 2019.

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Photo of Joanne McCartney Joanne McCartney Labour

Will work does the Metropolitan Police undertake with dating apps/online sites to ensure that romance fraudsters are not able to operate on such sites?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

The MPS are part of the working group National Date Safe led by the City of London Police and Action Fraud. The group’s members include Get Safe Online, Age UK, Victim Support, Scamalytics, Cifas, National Trading Standards and the Online Dating Association (ODA) who represent the industry for its members. The group’s focus thus far has been to raise awareness of the risks of romance fraud in the UK. If there is evidence of offences then the MPS will investigate, safeguard victims, and ensure offenders are brought to justice.

I have recently responded to the Government’s White Paper on Online Harm, and I have called for a framework of comprehensive regulations overseen by an adaptable new regulator as the way to provide a standardised set of rules and expectations for the public, technology companies, and government alike.