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Man in court over £120,000 romance fraud

A 45-year-old man has appeared in court in connection with a £120,000 romance fraud.

Sheikh Farooq Ijaz, from Banbury, Oxfordshire, made no plea or declaration when he appeared at Dundee Sheriff Court. He was granted bail.

Romance fraud is the term given to scams where criminals hoodwink their victims, often through fake profiles, on online dating sites.

Police have warned people to use "reputable" dating sites.

Det Insp Iain McPhail, of the economic crime and financial investigation unit, said: "If you are being referred to a potential partner by a third party, please ensure that they actually know that individual.

"Take steps to verify that images you see of that person are actually real images of them and not taken from the internet to give you a positive impression of them."

He said people should also avoid giving away too many personal details when dating online.

"Revealing your full name, date of birth and home address may lead to your identity being stolen," he said.

"Never send or receive money or give away your bank details to someone you've only met online, no matter how much you trust them or believe their story."

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