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Scammers are using new online platforms to take advantage of their victims, with dating and romance scams making up one fifth of losses across all scams reported to Scamwatch in Around Beyond traditional online dating websites, the highest losses were from romance scams originating on Instagram and Facebook.
Dating and romance scams are very destructive — both financially and emotionally.
These scams also cause ificant emotional harm, with many victims reporting a break down in relationships with friends and family. With the proliferation of online dating websites, forums and social media channels, these scams are moving increasingly into the online space.
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Online communication channels allow scammers to operate anonymously from anywhere in the world. They can be very elaborate hoaxes, sometimes taking years to develop and run by experienced criminal syndicates.
The scammer develops a strong connection with the victim before asking for money to help cover costs associated with a supposed illness, injury, family crisis, travel costs or to pursue a business or investment opportunity. There have been reports of scammers using this material to blackmail victims.
Sites and mobile apps like rsvp, eharmony, plenty of fish, zoosk, tinder and oasis may not protect your private information.
Watch out: If an online admirer asks to communicate with you outside the dating website, such as through a private address or over the phone, watch out — they could be trying to avoid detection. If you are considering meeting in person, choose a public place and let family or friends know where you are at all times.
Search: Run a Google Image search to check the authenticity of any photos provided. Report: If you think you have provided your details to a scammer, contact your bank or financial institution immediately. Scamwatch - www.
NSW Fair Trading - www. Dating and romance scams - don't let them break your heart or wallet Dating and romance scams are very destructive — both financially and emotionally.
Where to find out more: Scamwatch - www.