Internet online dating scams

They may ask you to send funds to the account of a third party who may be described as a work colleague or administrator.

However, the third party is often a victim themselves who is being used to launder money on behalf of the scammer.

Her emails from a Gmail account arrived every two days and at first were full of the little details of her life, like walking in the park with her friends and hanging out for pizza.

She sent dozens of pictures of her eating cake, dressed in a bathrobe, lying chastely on the bed, always dressed in white.

Scammers or fraudsters may be on dating sites and social networks setting up fake profiles.

Scammers may pose using fake pictures and claiming to be from New Zealand or working overseas.

They may tell you everything has been booked but their ticket has been stolen, and you need to send money quickly to get them on the next flight.

Scammers can sign up to online dating agencies or chat rooms just like anyone else.

Many online dating sites allow anyone to join for free and they usually do not screen their members.

Alternatively they may prey on your sympathies, telling you a family member or someone else they are responsible for is ill and they need money for medical treatment.

Once you send them money, the fraudsters will keep coming back and invent new reasons to send them more.

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