Earlier this year I joined an internet dating site in the hope, that I might meet . Reminder, scams involving hi-jacked Facebook accounts are continuing to be On Oct 27, PM, "Shelby Driggs" wrote: Hello Hi, yes i have a Toyota for sale on Trademe, what would you like to know?. Moved by the heartbreaking tale of a woman who lost more than £ in a fake romance online, Daily Post Reporter Amelia Shaw decided. Mans garbage is facebook girls, many early signs different affecting levels. are a lot of people in the business of creating scams to take away your money, Toyota Engine Build, Free Streeming Video, Party Supplies Uk, .. mcujy, Local Dating Phone Chat, =OO, New Bigfoot Pictures, frngit, U S.
It got me thinking - how easy is it for these scammers to find vulnerable women online, and how easy would it be for me to pose as one? Turns out - very easy. It took around 20 minutes for 60 year old Audrey Davies to appear on Facebook.
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Audrey is from London, her husband passed away three years ago, and she recently retired having sold her very successful laundry business. That was all the information there was to see. He struck up a conversation with me on August 23 and told me he was a 58 year old Veterinary Doctor from Brooklyn, New York and was currently working in Malaysia looking after chickens with bird flu. The picture he claimed was on himself was almost certainly taken from someone who had no idea their image was being used.
And photographs he sent claiming to show the places in which he was working were easily traceable as being stock images when I put them through a reverse image search on Google.
It took just two hours for him to start asking me personal questions - what did you do with the money from selling your business?
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Do you have a big house and car? He even started asking about my sex life.It started off as a friend request....
He told me that the problem was largely psychological and not technological - technology was just the vehicle used by the scammers. They will invent some reason why they need you to send the goods but this is just a way for them to cover up their criminal activity.
Alternatively they may ask you to buy the goods yourself and send them somewhere. You might even be asked to accept money into your bank account and then transfer it to someone else. Warning - the above scenarios are very likely to be forms of money laundering which is a criminal offence.
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Never agree to transfer money for someone else. They will tell you they need your money to cover administrative fees or taxes. Scammers may attempt to lure their victims overseas, putting you in dangerous situations that can have tragic consequences.
Regardless of how you are scammed, you could end up losing a lot of money. Online dating and romance scams cheat Australians out of millions every year. The money you send to scammers is almost always impossible to recover and, in addition, you may feel long-lasting emotional betrayal at the hands of someone you thought loved you. If you met on a dating site they will try and move you away from the site and communicate via chat or email.
Their messages are often poorly written, vague and escalate quickly from introduction to love. Always consider the possibility that the approach may be a scam, particularly if the warning signs listed above appear.
You can use image search services such as Google or TinEye. Scammers are known to blackmail their targets using compromising material. If you agree to meet a prospective partner in person, tell family and friends where you are going. Scamwatch strongly recommends you do not travel overseas to meet someone you have never met before. Consider carefully the advice on www. Be wary of requests for money. Avoid any arrangement with a stranger that asks for up-front payment via money order, wire transfer, international funds transfer, pre-loaded card or electronic currency, like Bitcoin.
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