Dear Dyfed Powys Police,

I am collating statistics from all 43 police forces in England and Wales regarding the surge in
‘Romance Fraud’, that is, fraud committed by targeting and preying on vulnerable women. Please the below BBC article for reference. On many occasions fraud is committed under the Fraud Act 2006 where the perpetrator obtains a gain and the victim a loss.

Additionally, perpetrators create and utilise fake accounts on certain dating sites and begin intimate relationships with their targets where no notifiable crime is committed under NCRS.

Using your search filters, could you please provide the following information under the FOIA?

Number of notifiable crimes under heading, including any reports of rape subject to a crime report for:

2014 - 15 / 2015 - 16 / 2016 - 17 / 2017 - 18 / 2018 - 2019

Number of non crime incidents, including rape for:

2014 - 15 / 2015 - 16 / 2016 - 17 / 2017 - 18 / 2018 - 2019

Yours faithfully,

Scott Winters

Heddlu Dyfed-Powys

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Dear Scott Winters,


Reference: 763/2019


I write in respect to your request for information dated and received
within the Freedom of Information Unit on the 21^st August 2019 regarding
Romance Fraud, catfishing and fake profiles.


Your request for information has been handled under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 and has now been considered.


Section 1 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 places two duties on
public authorities. Unless exemptions apply, the first duty at Section
1(1) (a) is to confirm or deny whether the information specified in a
request is held. The second duty at Section 1(1) (b) is to disclose
information that has been confirmed as being held.


Dyfed-Powys Police are unable to confirm or deny whether it does hold the
information you have requested, since we consider that the Section 12(2)
exemption the Cost of Compliance exceeds the Appropriate Limit applies to


Where exemptions are relied upon Section 17 of the Freedom of Information
Act 2000 requires Dyfed-Powys Police, when refusing to provide such
information (because the information is exempt) to provide you the
applicant with a notice which:

(a) States that fact,

(b) Specifies the exemption in question and

(c) States (if that would not otherwise be apparent) why the exemption


Please see the attached response document which indicates the time
estimated by the Force it would take to complete the request as a whole.



In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000, this letter acts
as a Refusal Notice for the whole of this request under Section 17(5) A
public authority which, in relation to any request for information, is
relying on a claim that section 12 or section 14 applies must, within the
time for complying with section 1(1), give the applicant a notice stating
that fact. You may wish to refine and resubmit your request so that it
reduces the time shown above to fall within the 18 hours, however with due
regard to the time estimate provided above it is unlikely that refining
your request will fall under the 18 hours as the same method and format
will have to be undertaken. Should you require any further advice in
relation to this matter please don’t hesitate to contact the Freedom of
Information Unit.


Please also be advised that should the request be refined, it does not
remove the public authorities right to cite exemptions if relevant.


If you are unhappy with the way your request for information has been
handled, you can request a review by writing to the Freedom of Information
Unit address supplied on the attached appeal process document.


Dyfed-Powys Police provides you the right to request a re-examination of
your case under its review procedure (copy enclosed). If you decide to
request such a review and having followed the Constabulary’s full
process you are still dissatisfied, then you have the right to direct your
comments to the Information Commissioner who will give it consideration.


If you remain dissatisfied with the handling of your request or complaint
you have a right to appeal to the Information Commissioner at:

The Information Commissioners Office,

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There is no charge for making an appeal.


Should you wish to discuss this matter further please don’t hesitate to
contact me as indicated below.


I would also like to take this opportunity to thank you for your interest
in Dyfed-Powys Police.


Yours sincerely



Lisa Walters

Rheoli Gwybodaeth a Chydymffurfiaeth/ Information Management & Compliance

Heddlu Dyfed-Powys Police

Pencadlys yr Heddlu/Police Headquarters


Blwch Post 99/PO Box 99

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