When someone pretends to be interested in a romantic relationship with you. They gain your trust and then ask for money.
How it could happen to you
- You might start talking to someone on a dating site or social media. If you’d like to meet in person and they always make excuses, be suspicious. Scammers will play on your emotions to get you to send money, often using a family emergency or an overseas crisis as a reason
Stop. Challenge. Protect.
- Never send money to someone you haven’t met in person, especially if you haven’t been speaking to them for long, or they claim a family crisis or emergency
- If you’re unsure about what to do, always get the opinion of someone you trust who can give you impartial advice
When someone pretends to be the police, a bank, a friend or business, to convince you to send them money.
When you’re invited to invest in things that are worthless, or don’t exist.
When fake or non-existent items are advertised for sale.
Advance fee scams
When fake companies ask for an upfront fee and then don’t provide the service you’ve paid for.
When account details on an invoice are changed, or emails are intercepted, so the money is wrongly paid into the scammer’s account.
When you let someone put money into your account, which you then transfer on. You may be told you can keep some of the money for yourself.
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