‘After forming a relationship with the victim, the scammer plays on emotional triggers to get the victim to provide money, gifts or personal details.‘Dating and romance website operators have taken significant steps to tackle the problem.The guidelines are intended to improve and support those measures and provide guidance on how to better protect users from scams.’ The guidelines are available at gov.au/Dating Site Guidelines.The ACCC is working with the Australasian Consumer Fraud Taskforce (ACFT), including state and territory police and consumer affairs agencies, to alert at-risk individuals to the possibility of being a victim of fraud. Scammers are highly skilled at inventing believable stories and deceiving their victims, succeeding by preying on a victim's trust and good nature.The money extracted from victims in North America, Europe and Australia translates to huge fortunes for the scammers who are willing to put weeks or months of work into getting a good payout. Many scammers are well educated and all are heartless so read on for common African online dating scams and protect yourself. You might be interacting with a man, say, "William Jones" from USA/ UK/ Australia/ Canada or some other Western country.After some time, "William" has to travel to Nigeria or Ghana for some reason e.g.This can be for financial gain, or can be done through boredom or cruelty.Either way it can be devastating for victims who have their emotions toyed with.
First, he would reveal intimate details about himself, laying the groundwork for Jan to do the same.WYZA spoke with the anti-fraud ambassador to talk about her experience, her long road to recovery, and how she’s now helping other Australians to avoid making the same mistake.It took only 72 days for Jan to fall prey to an international romance scam but years to come to terms with what had happened.If you suspect that you are the victim of any kind of dating scam then we can help.Simply give us a call for some free advice and to find out your options from there.In 2012, 62-year old Jan moved from Brisbane to Melbourne for work and to be closer to family.