Private Life: Fraud

Home Office written question – answered on 25th May 2018.

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Photo of Chi Onwurah Chi Onwurah Shadow Minister (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Industrial Strategy)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps his Department is taking to (a) reduce and (b) tackle incidences of romance fraud.

Photo of Chi Onwurah Chi Onwurah Shadow Minister (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Industrial Strategy)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate his Department has made of the number of incidences of romance fraud in each of the last three years.

Photo of Ben Wallace Ben Wallace Minister of State (Home Office) (Security)

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:

2015 2,544

2016 2,875

2017 3,364

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.

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