Dating agencies scams or frauds
, users are being warned to be vigilant while online, particularly as the fraudster's tactics are becoming more elaborate.Action Fraud UK, the country's fraud and internet crime reporting centre, says it has been alerted to new methods used by dating fraudsters.Thanks for helping us achieve our mission of helping everyone learn how to do anything. But her cell phone seems to be faulty and her old laptop doesn't have a built in camera. I also enjoy toying with these scammers with elaborate stories of wealth, success, and loneliness.She wants me to send money to buy one via her money transfer account.
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They will then ask the victim to pay, and if they do, the fraudster might also ask them to pay for the flight. "Fraudsters claim they have found a box containing gold, silver, money and jewels (or any one of them) in the desert and have sent it out of the country to set up a future together with the victim," said Action Fraud UK.
"However, this box is now stuck in (x) country’s customs.
In order to release it they claim they have to pay a customs release fee – which is then requested from the victim." Online dating scams are nothing new, but they are on the rise.
From April 2013 to March 2014, there were 2,037 cases of dating scams reported to Action Fraud, with the 651 scams over the summer marking an acceleration.
As technology becomes more advanced, so do the methods fraudsters use to scam us.