Action Fraud data now available to dating services via Scamalytics

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Action Fraud, the UK’s national reporting centre for fraud and cyber crime, is working with the dating industry to distribute intelligence about known scammers to dating services. The partnership is made possible through anti-scam service Scamalytics, who already provide a scammer detection and intelligence sharing service to household names in the dating industry.

The reports taken by Action Fraud are sent to the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) which is run by the City of London Police, the national lead force for fraud. The NFIB then pass intelligence to Scamalytics, who load it into their central database. Dating services then check their users against the Scamalytics database, and receive a status on whether a user matches a known scammer.

The Action Fraud data has identified hundreds of scammer accounts already, and is so successful that the parties involved are looking to increase the amount of data shared.

Scamalytics’ CTO Dan Winchester commented: “There has long been an appetite from both law enforcement and the dating industry to cooperate more closely on the prevention of fraud, so it is fantastic to finally have this service up and running – and already preventing known scammers from targeting new victims.”

“Lots of hard work has been taking place behind the scenes by agencies including Action Fraud and the NFIB, the Metropolitan Police, as well as the Online Dating Association and DateSafe, in order to make this data-sharing platform come into being.”

Director of Action Fraud, Pauline Smith, said: “We see many cases of romance fraud each year, the cost of which is high, both emotionally and financially. Heartless fraudsters cruelly use dating websites, social media and direct emails to exploit those looking for love.”

“This is why Action Fraud and the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau are working collaboratively with Scamalytics – to seek out false suspect information and to prevent further victims of romance frauds.”

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