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.Scammers will pose under the disguise of beautiful pictures as either male or female claiming to be from the United States.The scammer weaves a story of a successful business person working over seas, having no family; they present themselves as a thoughtful, caring and loving individual who is looking for their soul mate.
The online dating 419 scam works in a similar way, though it's usually adapted to maximise the opportunity online dating provides, in these ways: We have found that the online dating version of the 419 scam tends to involve smaller amounts of money than the classic 419 scams, which usually involve millions of dollars. Here are some common examples: Or any variation on the above.
If you are in a correspondence with somebody who fits the description above and you suspect they are a scammer, here's what to do.
If you have already sent money to somebody abroad, the chances are you have been scammed. Some unscrupulous online dating sites don't filter for scammers because they feel that the more messages going through the system, the better, no matter what the quality of the correspondence is.
Named after a now-defunct Nigerian law the 419 scam is a classic amongst online dating scams.
This is the one scam you are almost certain to come across if you do online dating for any length of time, sorry to say.
Warning: Internet sites where anyone can register to create a profile/page and then automatically becomes live, without any vetting in place, you are naturally going to find a far greater number of scammers on board as it is easy for them to do so. 1) We have various technical measures in place to capture Internet scammers attempting to register; they are filtered and deleted.