Examples of Scammer Conduct
The following information is provided for the safety of our users in accordance with the ACCC Best Practice Guidelines for Online Dating Sites.
You should exercise caution wherever someone you meet online claims that they are stationed overseas as an oil worker, aid worker, as part of a peacekeeping force or other job. Scammers will often use this excuse and ask you to send money because of some crisis, like being robbed or becoming sick.
Needing money for a plane ticket or travel expenses to visit you is a common story used by scammers. They might ask you for money for a ticket, visa or immigration fees. They may instead send you a genuine copy of their visa or plane ticket but then tell you they need money for an unexpected expense. Dont be fooled—scammers often have access to high quality fake documents.
Scammers dont just ask you for money. They may also ask you to provide personal details, such as your name and address, bank account or credit card numbers and use this information to steal your identity.
Scammers might ask you to transfer money for them through your account, telling you it is because they are unable to transfer the money themselves. You should never give out personal financial information to anyone you meet online because of the risk of identity theft. Transferring money may also involve you in money laundering, a serious crime, and expose you to criminal prosecution.
If you are asked to cash money orders for someone you meet online, you should not do it. Scammers often promise to send their victim money orders and ask the victim to cash the orders and wire the money back. However, the money orders are fake, so after sending money to the scammer, the victim finds themselves pursued by the bank for the value.
Been offered a big payout by someone you met online? Scammers will use all kinds of stories to get you to send money to them. They might tell you that the money will go to a charity, or be invested
in a business like oil exploration or gold mining. Alternatively, they may promise that paying money will allow you to access a lottery prize, a long lost inheritance or treasure, like a cache of gemstones. What are the chances that you will find both true love and millions of dollars online? Dont respond to these offers.
A popular story for scammers is to claim to be a soldier, stationed overseas and to say they need you to send money for their expenses—often so they can purchase a leave pass to visit you. Dont be fooled—you should never send money to anyone you meet online.
When a scammer asks you to send money, they will usually come up with a whole series of excuses for why they need more. For example, a scammer who asks you for money for plane tickets may then tell you they need more money for customs fees and an exit visa and then tell you they have been arrested at the airport and need even more money to recover their possessions. You should never send money to anyone you meet online.
Be careful of sharing your personal information, such as your full name, address, birth date, family details or intimate photographs and videos with people you meet online. These may be used by scammers for the purposes of identity theft or blackmail.
Scammers may also ask you to send pictures or videos of yourself, possibly of an intimate nature. They may use these later to try and blackmail you by threatening to send them to your friends, family or employer.