Romance Fraudsters (2)

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

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Photo of Joanne McCartney Joanne McCartney Labour

Do you support calls for a romance fraudster database that could warn potential victims of likely harm?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

Romantic Fraud is a broad term which could encompass a range of different behaviours. Fraudsters will, by nature of their craft, use images of people taken from open internet images and social media accounts with erroneous details to pretend to be someone they are not. False profiles are created with innocent identities and images. I and the MPS take any fraud very seriously and investigate accordingly. The MPS have created booklets and animated videos available on YouTube delivering advice on avoiding romance fraud.

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.