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Scammers target victims on dating sites, but they can also use social media or email to make contact.

romance scamWhat are the signs

Someone you recently met online expresses deep feelings for you and wants to chat with you in private.

You may be asked to send your intimate photos or videos.

First they gain your trust. Then they ask you for money, gifts or your bank account/credit card details.

If you don’t send money, they may try to blackmail you. If you send it, they demand even more.

love scam Are you a victim?

  • Don’t feel embarrassed!
  • Stop all contact immediately.
  • If possible, keep all communication, such as the chat messages.
  • File a complaint with the police.
  • Report it to the site where the scammer first approached you.
  • If you have provided your account details, contact your bank.

What can you do?

Be very careful about how much personal information you share on social network and dating sites.

Preventive advice: Romance scam  

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