Report a dating scam
However, be forewarned: the online contact could be a criminal sitting in a cyber café with a well-rehearsed script that scammers have used repeatedly and successfully.
Scammers search chat rooms, dating sites, and social networking sites looking for victims.
Scammers also ask victims to send money to help overcome a financial situation they claim to be experiencing.
These are all lies intended to take money from unsuspecting victims.
The principal group of victims is over 40 years old and divorced, widowed, elderly, or disabled, but all demographics are at risk.
Scammers use poetry, flowers, and other gifts to reel in victims, the entire time declaring their "undying love." These criminals also use stories of severe life circumstances, tragedies, deaths in the family, injuries to themselves, or other hardships to keep their victims concerned and involved in their schemes.
These scams have proliferated with the increase use of social media – social networking sites and dating sites.The IC3 is warning the public to be wary of romance scams in which scammers target individuals who search for companionship or romance online.Someone you know may be "dating" someone online who may appear to be decent and honest.Ms Rickard said the ACCC did not have the resources to police the huge number of incidents being reported to them each year and catching just one scammer was incredibly difficult."It is incredibly resource-intensive and requires cooperation with overseas agencies to catch just one person," she said."In terms of the amount of romance scams out there, catching one would have very little impact."Ms Rickard said reporting scams to Scamwatch helped the organisation form an understanding of the size of the problem, devote resources to the issue and develop educational campaigns to warn the public.Generally, Romance scams involve the victim and the fraudster meeting through a social networking site.The fraudster will gain the trust of the victim through displays of affection.A growing epidemic in the world today is the Online Romance Scam.Generally, a victim is contacted by someone online through various social media or a legitimate dating website.So, what can you do if you've found yourself in Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance?" For some reason, it seems everyone who has been scammed immediately turns to yours truly to the rescue.