We’ve had cases of romance scams reported to us where people have lost substantial amounts of money – ranging from a few hundred dollars, through to more than million.
It can be difficult to understand how this can happen, but it’s important to remember that these scammers spend a lot of time and energy to build a relationship online, and can make the relationship seem very real.
Once they’ve worked to gain the trust of the person they’ve targeted, they will use various stories to get money or details from that person.
They may start by requesting small sums of money to test the waters, and then build up to requesting larger amounts.
Romance scams (online dating scams) remain a challenging issue for New Zealand internet users.
A scammer pretends to be in a relationship with someone online in order to scam them out of money.
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