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It can be surprisingly easy to fall prey to a romance scam — and has nothing to do with stupidity, an online fraud expert has warned.

It is a ‘romance’ between people who never meet, based purely on text messages, internet liaisons and phone calls.

Yet victims all too often are willing to give away thousands of dollars and risk facilitating a crime.

A senior Sunshine Coast police detective called it “blatant stupidity” for a 60-year-old woman from Nambour to become involved in a $6 million online love scam.

But a counsellor who works with such victims on a daily basis said the scenario was “way more complex”.

Suli Malet-Warden, an identity security counsellor at national identity and cyber support service IDCARE, said smart people regularly fell for scams.

“We speak to them all the time — it’s definitely not stupidity.”

How does it begin?

Ms Malet-Warden said to prompt someone to fall in love with a scammer, the victim was first “seeded” with an idea.

“They ask for a small amount, and over a period of weeks the person is totally in love and caught up with situation, but there is always an excuse,” she said.

“The love interest works overseas, there is always some disaster that would prevent them from getting money to see the victim.”



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