Scammers are becoming increasingly sophisticated in their attempts to obtain money or personal details from people online. It pays to be alert to protect yourself from being scammed. Protect yourself by acknowledging that scams exist, make sure you know who you are dealing with and beware of requests for your private details or money.
Any of the following behaviours should raise concerns that the person you are interacting with may be a scammer:
- They claim to be travelling or stationed overseas, even if it is temporary or for work.
- They ask you to send them money or provide your personal or financial details.
- They ask you to send larger amounts via a bank transfer.
- Their profile is at odds with their story, or their communications with you display poor spelling or grammar.
- They ask you to transfer money via a wire transfer service.
- They quickly profess strong feelings or love for you.
- They are vague about their interests or what they want in a partner and not particular about how old their partner might be.
- Their computer camera or Skype connection never seem to work.
- They do not answer your questions or their responses are formulaic, nonsensical or repetitive.
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