Articles on online dating scams
Over days, weeks, months or even years a relationship develops. It may be a few hundred dollars or it may be several thousand.
The request can be for a medical emergency, a travel request or any number of things.
As an outsider, it is difficult to understand how a person becomes a victim.
It seems somewhat outrageous that a person could send large amounts of money to a person they have not met in person.
But this just demonstrates the level of manipulation that exists in these relationships as well as the strength and intensity of the bond that offenders are able to establish to continually convince the victim that their “love” is real.
Media are littered with other stories of men and women who have suffered at the hands of online offenders, and are fully aware of what happened.
By that stage, the level of trust and rapport is so strong and the level of perceived intimacy so great, that the victim complies and sends money.
For so many, that first transfer is the beginning of a heartbreaking and costly journey.
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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.
After that initial connection, it moves to an off-site messenger service.
Long conversations, day and night, over email, messenger or the telephone.