Incidents of romance fraud published by the Office for National
Statistics in the Crime in England and Wales Appendix tables under the heading data fraud for each of the last three years are:
The Joint Fraud Taskforce, which bring together government, law enforcement and banks to tackle fraud, has a programme of work committed to tackling fraud against those who are particularly vulnerable or susceptible to fraud. This work, led by National Trading Standards is considering a number of initiatives including banking interventions to prevent victims transferring large sums of money and better identifying and assisting vulnerable victims. In addition the Take Five to Stop Fraud campaign is designed to help encourage the public to protect themselves from fraud and scams, providing advice on specific behaviours to help them be more resilient to fraudulent approaches. The campaign was developed jointly by the banking industry, Government experts and the Joint Fraud Taskforce.
All incidents of Romance Fraud should be reported to Action Fraud, the national fraud reporting line operated by City of London Police, which enables the police to develop intelligence and track down those committing this crime.