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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.
• 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
• 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
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,
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 –
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.
Community Sergeant (Kinross-shire): Sgt Michelle Burns.
Community Inspector for Perth South (Strathearn, Strathallan, Almond
& Earn, Kinross-shire): PI Kevin Chase
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