Accc online dating scams
Even in 2016, the ACCC reports online dating scams are still the most successful type of scam — period.
Rather than physical threats, these scams and scammers serve as very real dangers to both your identity and your finances.
Online dating sites often get laughed at by people in any sort of relationship, but they're big business -- and a big source of scams.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has received more than 1600 reports of relationship scams this year, with a claimed value of million.
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Most of us intuitively know not to give money to a stranger online, yet, the way scammers phrase their requests still brings them success. They seem sweet, their story tugs on your heartstrings, and the pattern begins. I hate asking this, but I feel comfortable enough with you now to do so. I really want to do something nice for her after her Mother left. If you’re getting these strange feelings about a guy online, trust them.
They’ll ramp up the romance talk early, coming out with, “Just looking for my incredible love partner to hold and cherish” or “I sense you are the type of woman who’s really serious about this.
View the full list Online dating and romance scams continue to lure in Australians with figures this week showing people have lost more than A million this year alone, with average individual losses at A,000 – three times higher than other types of fraud.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) set up the Scam Disruption Project in August to help target those it believes have been caught in such scams.
The nature of online dating means scammers can hide computer screens, and if you’re unaware of how to counter them, you could be their next victim.
So, keep your wits about it and follow the guidelines here.