Don’t lose your money and your heart!
A dating fraudster, previously involved in deceiving people that wanted a friendship explained how they would create fake accounts with social media platforms so that their details matched and could be searched. By appearing to be a real person their fake persona could be corroborated by prospective partners searching their background and believe them to be genuine. The fraudster said:
“People like to live in fairy tales to say it won’t happen to me. I make sure all my conversations are bespoke. I will show insecurity myself about trusting people and this helps allude to them that I’m genuine.”
The fraudster will also utilise as many accessible online research tools to explore people’s information for their own personal gain or sell onwards. The fraudster elaborated and explained:
“I use various online directories to find out about the person. Once I have enough, I use it to milk everything I can using their details or sell them on to other fraudsters via the dark web”
When asked how people could check if a person is real. The romance fraudster offered advice for others searching for a relationship. They told us that after you see a picture of them:
“Ask for them to send you another photo of themselves posing with their thumbs up or waving. It’s like a form of 2 factor authentication and makes it hard to do if it’s not an original picture”
What you need to do
· Avoid sharing too many personal details when on online dating profiles. Revealing your full name, date of birth, or full home address may lead to your identity being stolen.
· Never respond to any requests to send money, or have money transferred into your account by someone you don’t know and trust. These types of requests should always raise a red flag. If something feels wrong then it is usually right to question it.
· Pick a reputable dating website or app, and use the built-in messaging service. Fraudsters want to quickly switch to social media or texting so there’s no evidence of them asking you for money.
Our speaker in February was Bev Baker, who gave an informative talk on the life of Elizabeth Fry. She told us how Elizabeth visited Newgate Prison and was horrified to see such cramped dirty facilities for women and children and so began inspiring work as a dedicated humanitarian. She founded a prison school for the children and provided materials for the women to learn to sew and knit.
She campaigned for the rights and welfare of women being transported and visited prison ships. Elizabeth founded a training school for nurses, which inspired Florence Nightingale, who took a team of Fry’s nurses to assist wounded soldiers in the Crimea War. Queen Victoria supported her causes and gave financially to her work.
On March 7th in the Institute 8pm, our speaker will be Tim Sexton talking about his work at the Attenborough Nature Reserve.
Monday April 1st we are having a fashion Show by OBSESSIONS, who have shops at Radcliffe on Trent, Keyworth and Oakham in the village hall 7.30pm £6 including a glass of wine on arrival.
Tickets available from the village shop and committee members.
The Crafty Chatters
A new craft group has been set up in Lowdham, meeting every Friday, 1.00pm till 4.30pm in the W.I. Hall, Lowdham.
Sessions cost £3 which includes tea/coffee and biscuits/cake. We would like crafters from all disciplines to come along and enjoy an afternoon chatting and crafting.
For those who sew we’ll have a sewing machine or two and an ironing board, knitters bring your needles and crocheters bring your hooks, colourers bring a pencil sharpener and ruggers bring your frames.
It will be a great opportunity to share knowledge and pick up tips, plus you might get inspiration to try a new craft! Open to all ages and all crafters. Phone Jane Waite 07985293351 or 01159 664907 if you have any questions.