Male photos of online dating scammers
Romance scams (online dating scams) remain a challenging issue for New Zealand internet users.
A scammer pretends to be in a relationship with someone online in order to scam them out of money.
Romance scammers are good at what they do and can spend months building up trust before they start to ask for sums of money.
There is no fail proof way to identify a romance scam, but there are signs you can look out for.
Over several months I came to believe we could be together.
‘In many cases, the men will have started a dating profile using a real photo of themselves – but will have given a fake name and location,’ she adds.We’ve all heard of catfishing – when somebody pretends to be somebody that they’re not over the internet, lures in an unsuspecting victim and invariably breaks their heart (/appears on an MTV reality TV series).But while we’re used to taking precautions against that (googling potential dates’ details, meeting up with potential dates as soon as possible, and keeping your wits about you at all times), there’s a new trend in fake dating. According to Laura Lyons, the founder of Are They Safe (a private investigations service providing background checks), increasing numbers of men across the country are scamming their dates out of money – cloning their card details and gaining access to their online accounts.In some cases the scammer may try to get the person targeted to help launder money for their criminal activities.
“I met a new American partner online and although she was based overseas we communicated a lot by email and text.
If you suspect a friend or family member is being scammed, you may need to intervene.