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Suffolk and Norfolk County Council Trading Standards marked Valentine’s Day by hosting a conference to raise awareness of romance scams and what can be done to tackle them.
Attended by over 100 people the event explored the wider financial, emotional and health impacts of romance scams, as well as some of the reasons people fall victim to scams, for example those who feel socially isolated and lonely. A romance scam is typically a confidence trick where scammers pull on victims’ heart strings who are ultimately convinced to send money to the scammer.