We thus believe new methods of reporting the crime are needed.” According to the Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca), romance fraud is organised crime, usually operating from outside the UK.Their investigations have seen people defrauded of sums ranging from £50 to £240,000.
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Professor Monica Whitty from the University of Leicester said: “Our data suggests that the numbers of British victims of this relatively new crime is much higher than reported incidents would suggest.” Researchers questioned 2,000 people through an online You Gov survey.
Action Fraud, the reporting and advice centre run by the National Fraud Authority, identified 592 victims of the scams between 2010-11. However this new study confirms suspicions that the scale of the problem is much bigger, because victims are too ashamed to report the crime.
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After a cultural revival in the 60s, in which hundreds of Indian and Pakistani textile workers came to live and work in Leicester, the city has blossomed into a lively, multicultural hub in central England.