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Romance Fraud

Romance scams are often reported as a fraud and many victims don’t come forward due to embarrassment, lack of evidence or a feeling it might have been their fault.
Police Scotland management figures from April to December 2018 show the number of reported fraud incidents, including romance scams, increased by 21 per cent, from 6106 the previous year to 7398.
Romance fraud can have a shattering effect on people who may be embarrassed that they’ve fallen victim to a scam and don’t want to speak about their experience.
Criminals can be extremely convincing and they prey on people who are emotionally vulnerable, particularly online. It can be easy to get caught up with the attention you receive but it’s important to stop and think if a stranger’s actions are genuine.
There are warning signs for these scams and one of them is a request for money. Don’t send money to someone you’ve never met, or even recently met, regardless of the story they tell you.
We need to raise awareness of this type of crime and encourage people to speak to us so we can gather evidence and target offenders.
Advice
• Never share or exchange personal information. Fraudsters can use this to obtain credit in your name.
• Never share or exchange explicit photographs. Fraudsters can use this to exploit individuals.
• Remain on the website you met them on and do not be tempted to communicate off-line. This is where scam artists operate more effectively.
• If someone threatens you to share money with them –don’t make any payments. Stop all communication and keep all evidence of the communications you have had. This information is needed urgently to help the police tackle it.
• Never send money or your bank details to someone you’ve met online, no matter how convincing the reason they give for needing it, nor how long you’ve been speaking to them.
• If someone asks you for money, report it immediately to the dating platform you are using.
• If you suspect you have been a victim of fraud, please report this to the police. We will deal with your case professionally and sensitively.

Local Incidents
A Ford Transit van which was parked in MacDonald Avenue, Kinross was broken into between 10pm, Tuesday 2 April and 6am, Wednesday 3 April. A quantity of tools was stolen. (CR/8577/19)

Between 8pm, Sunday 7 April and 1pm, Monday 8 April a window was smashed at a property in MacDonald Avenue, Kinross. (CR/9046/19)

Between 4.45pm, Tuesday 9 April and 9am, Wednesday 10 April, a number of high value power tools were stolen from an outbuilding at Lethangie, Milnathort. (CR/9224/19)

Anyone with any information that may be useful should contact Tayside Division on 101 or any police officer, quoting the crime reference number listed at each incident. Alternatively, information can be passed anonymously via the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.



Police Scotland – local community

We would like to welcome a new Community Sergeant for Kinross-shire, Sgt Michelle Burns.

Telephone 101 for non-emergencies

Community officers for Kinross-shire:
PC Ben Clark and PC Douglas Stapleton.
Email: taysidekinross-shireCPT@scotland.pnn.police.uk
Community Sergeant (Kinross-shire): Sgt Michelle Burns.
Community Inspector for Perth South (Strathearn, Strathallan, Almond & Earn, Kinross-shire): PI Kevin Chase

Ways of following the Police:
twitter.com/policescotland
www.facebook.com/PoliceScotland
www.scotland.police.uk


Community Watch
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Crime Stoppers – Telephone 0800 555 111
This is a free phone number (unless you are using a mobile phone), which any member of the public can contact at any time if you have information relating to a criminal activity of any sort. It is, if you wish, confidential and you cannot be contacted if you choose to remain anonymous.