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Step 6: If you slip up and don't follow this advice, end the relationship NOW

Don’t send money to anyone you have met online – no matter how genuine they might seem.

Don't send any money

Don’t send money to anyone you have met online – no matter how genuine they might seem.

If you’ve started sending money, stop immediately – you will never have the money repaid.

If any amounts are sent back to you, this could be from another victim’s account and you might be acting as a money mule and involved in a crime called money laundering.

If you suspect you’ve been scammed

If you’ve been the victim of a romance scam, you need to take the following steps straight away. There is a high probability that if the scammer has your details they will sell them online to other scammers, who may target you again for another scam.

  • Change your mobile number.
  • Change your email address/es.
  • Install anti-virus software on all your devices and use it to scan for malware and viruses.
  • Update your passwords. Make sure you have a different password for every account and where possible use two-factor authentication.
  • Report it to ReportCyber to help warn others in the community.
  • Find out more about help available.