Fraud - Romance Fraud - Catfishing

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Dear Lincolnshire 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.

foi, Lincolnshire Police

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foi, Lincolnshire Police

Good Afternoon

With reference to your recent foi request as detailed in your email below, could you please clarify the term

“Number of notifiable crimes under heading”

Many Thanks

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Dear foi,

The heading is Catfishing - please outline the number of crimes that relate to Catfishing involving rape and fraud.

Similarly the number of incidents that were not recorded as crimes involving allegations of rape and fraud.

Yours sincerely,

Scott Winters