There is advice and blog posts about Online Dating/Romance Fraud at https://catchthecatfish.com/
Anne Rowe who started the website tells her story:
In August 2015 I met and fell in love with a man I had met online. After 14 months, I discovered that the man I was in a relationship with ‘Antony Ray’ was using a fake identity.
He had created a fake profile. Turns out he was married and even had a dedicated phone for ‘conquests’ from his fake life.
He took advantage of my trust and took away my right to choose. Had I known, I would never have consented to a relationship with a married man, let alone a man who was actively having relations with multiple women simultaneously.
His behaviour was premeditated, yet the current law will not find his actions a criminal offence. That’s why I’m calling for creating fake profiles for the intent to use people for sex to be a crime.
Whilst my story sounds shocking, many have also been ‘catfished’ – as it is commonly referred to (a fake online persona used for creating romance online). Individuals establish a relationship and build trust in their story, they can then chose to make the ‘catfish’ personal by meeting their victim to pursue a relationship under the premise of their alias.
Please help me to protect other people from going through what I did by signing this petition to broaden current legislation to include these contemptible acts.
Potentially, the behaviour described above can be called Adult Grooming.
This is when a con artist builds an emotional connection with someone to earn trust for long term purposes of sexual exploitation or other abusive behaviour.
Whilst grooming children up to age 16-(18 for vulnerable) is illegal in the UK, it’s not illegal to groom an adult (although vulnerable adults do have some protection).
If you agree with Anne then check out her web site at https://catchthecatfish.com/ and sign her petition.
If you have any experiences with romance scammers do let me know, by email.