A Griffith resident has found it pays to err on the side of caution when looking for love on internet sites and dating apps.
Officers from Murrumbidgee Police District are asking people to be wary of romance scams after a woman came forward detailing a case of an internet love story gone awry.
Inspector Nick Seddon urged MIA residents to be careful when looking for love on internet sites, and said never give money to someone you haven’t met before.
“I wanted to alert people to the fact they have to be very careful on internet dating sites,” he said.
“Some residents have been romanced and then asked for money. We want people to be aware that there are those out there who will take advantage and ask for a lot of money.”
Keep your personal details personal
Never share personal information or photos with someone you don’t know and trust – especially photos or webcam calls of a private nature. There have been reports of scammers using this material to blackmail victims.
If an online admirer asks to communicate with you outside the dating website, such as through a private email address or over the phone, watch out – they could be trying to avoid detection. If you are considering meeting in person, choose a public place and let family or friends know where you are at all times.
Run a Google Image search to check the authenticity of any photos provided. Scammers often use fake photos they’ve found online.
Never send money to someone you’ve met online, especially via money order, wire transfer or international funds transfer – it’s rare to recover money sent this way.
If you think you have provided your account details to a scammer, contact your bank or financial institution immediately.