British dating scams
People are also living longer, many with conditions such as cognitive decline.“We get calls consistently from relatives saying they’re worried about Mum or Dad in their 70s or 80s.“They have people to launder the money, people to open bank accounts, and call centres to swindle people.” They can even steal the phone numbers of financial institutions (known as “spoofing”).
“It’s well organized,” says Peter Depuydt, project manager for fraud at Europol.
On a frosty January afternoon, Lis Daugaard’s tummy fluttered as she waited in arrivals at Copenhagen airport.
Dressed in her best, the 65-year-old searched among the disembarking passengers for Robert Aleksander’s face.
Such figures are likely the tip of the iceberg, since romance scams not only empty bank accounts—they also bring a lasting sense of shame.
But romance scams aren’t the only way that networks of fraudsters worldwide increasingly target older people, according to Europol, the EU’s law enforcement agency.Instead, on the spot he called a “repair man”, who told him the mirror would cost 2,500 euros to replace.