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Most importantly, do not send any money, credit card details or other personal details to the scammers.
This is no quick-fix money making scheme for the scammer, either.
A well-executed romance scam can be the definition of the "long con", as ACCC Deputy Chair Delia Rickard explains.
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While romance scams made up just 3% of all reported scams in Australia last year, those few who were affected paid dearly.
Nearly 28% of all money lost in AU in 2013 to scammers was spent on romance scams, adding up to more than million.
Unfortunately it has also proven popular among scammers who prey on people’s vulnerabilities to steal their money, particularly around sentimental times of the year.” “Scammers are experts at preying on people’s weaknesses and will spend months and even years grooming victims and lowering their defences.
Inevitably, the fraudster will spin a tall tale about why they suddenly need your financial help, ranging from medical emergencies to failed business ventures to needing to rebook flights to visit you,” Ms Rickard said.
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With the growth in online services and internet use, there are many opportunities for criminals to commit scams and fraud.
“Once victims realise that their admirer is actually a criminal, the emotional consequences can be devastating.
This is why disrupting relationship scams continues to be a priority for the ACCC.” Through the Scam Disruption Project, the ACCC is working to identify victims, contact them and let them know they may be the victim of a scam.