Dating scam alert

23 Oct

'Her' name was Aleksandra and 'she' was young and pretty with a long, dark mane of hair and dark brown eyes.She contacted Dave (not his real name) on dating site Zoosk in November last year, telling him she was a 32-year-old Russian woman eager to pursue a serious relationship.You get to know the person, perhaps over weeks or months. All of a sudden they request a short-term loan for some personal crisis. These images can be used later on to blackmail you.This can also occur with naked photos that you send by mobile phone to others (‘sexting’).Once the relationship is established, they will seek financial assistance. For example, scams where the victim is blackmailed using compromising photos or videos like in the ‘Ashley Madison’ case. No one wants to think that they could be taken advantage of by an internet dating scam and yet hundreds of people are every single year.Visit Netsafe’s website Someone starts connecting with you through a dating service. The opportunity for blackmail may arise if you are persuaded into compromising situations and the scammer uses their webcam camera to capture images of you.A new ‘safe harbour’ complaints process has been set up for online hosts to follow under the Harmful Digital Communications Act.

Scammers may pose using fake pictures and claiming to be from New Zealand or working overseas.

The average loss was about 13-hundred dollars per victim," he explains.

It's not a total victory for the criminals, Money Gram is actually able to prevent some of the scams and return millions of dollars, but in order to do it, they need help and say you have to report it.

There is usually the promise that the fictitious character will one day join the victim in the victim's country.

The scam usually ends when the victim realizes they are being scammed or stops sending money.