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Five months after the publication of the Lucy Faithfull Report, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office sent Northumbria Police to investigate ’current police practices’ on St Helena, which also manages officers on Ascension.
Speaking of the investigation by Northumbria Police, an FCO spokesman said: ‘The report found no evidence of criminality by individual officers, but make a number of helpful recommendations about how the performance of the police could be improved.
We strongly recommend, however, that if you think you’ve been victimized by a dating scam or any other online scam, file a complaint with our Internet Crime Complaint Center (
Before forwarding the complaints to the appropriate agencies, IC3 collates and analyzes the data—looking for common threads that could link complaints together and help identify the culprits. Here are some tips on how to avoid becoming a victim of an online dating scam.
The allegations made in the UK media articles about St Helena and Ascension Island are serious and we must now address them.
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There will be more hardships that only you can help alleviate with your financial gifts.
He may also send you checks to cash since he’s out of the country and can’t cash them himself, or he may ask you to forward him a package. You were targeted by criminals, probably based on personal information you uploaded on dating or social media sites.
The way cases are assembled, supervised and prosecuted has been reformed, as have training and professional standards.
In addition to losing your money to someone who had no intention of ever visiting you, you may also have unknowingly taken part in a money laundering scheme by cashing phony checks and sending the money overseas and by shipping stolen merchandise (the forwarded package).
In another recently reported dating extortion scam, victims usually met someone on an online dating site and then were asked to move the conversation to a particular social networking site, where the talk often turned intimate.
The pictures you were sent were most likely phony lifted from other websites.
The profiles were fake as well, carefully crafted to match your interests.