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“Signing up to dating websites has proven successful for many singles seeking a match.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.
“Once victims realise that their admirer is actually a criminal, the emotional consequences can be devastating.The results from the ACCC’s sweep of dating sites have been released today in a short report.Last year, staff joined an international initiative to protect vulnerable consumers by sweeping dating websites for misleading offers, unclear pricing policies or consumer contracts with unfair terms.A Gympie author who fell victim to an online dating scam is helping others come to terms with being caught up in a fraud.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.We are also working with intermediaries that enable victims and scammers to connect or transfer money.
“These scams can also pose a risk to your personal safety as scammers are often part of international criminal networks.
Scammers have lured unwitting Australian victims overseas, putting people in dangerous situations that can have tragic consequences,” Ms Rickard said.
This Valentine’s Day, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is warning the online dating community to beware of any love interest who asks for money.
“Sadly, $28 million was reported lost to romance scams in Australia last year by 1,032 people.
Of this, 81 people reported losing over $100,000, showing just how financially devastating these scams can be.
We know these figures are only the tip of the iceberg as many victims are reluctant to admit to friends, family or authorities that they fell for a scam,” ACCC Deputy Chair Delia Rickard said.