DATING and romance scams often take place through online dating websites, but scammers may also use social media or email to make contact.
These scams are also known as “catfishing”.
Scammers typically create fake online profiles designed to lure you in. They may use a fictional name, or falsely take on the identities of real people.
A trend emerging in 2019 was scammers turning to apps like Google Hangouts, or online games such as Words with Friends and Scrabble, to con their victims. So people not originally seeking an online relationship became caught up in a dating and romance scam.
If you think you have been scammed, report it to the website, app, or social media site where the scammer first approached you. You can also report scams to the ACCC via scamwatch.gov.au.