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Love lost online: Aussies urged to be more aware of internet romance scams with more than $25million stolen in just ONE year

Australian consumer watchdog will start sending letters to suspected victims of online dating scams
    There were close to 3,000 reports of relationship scams in 2013, with one third of people losing more than $10,000
    Those who have been potentially scammed will be identified by suspicious cross-border money movements
Online love scammers have stolen more than $25 million from Australians in just one year, prompting the consumer watchdog to join forces with government anti-money laundering agents in a bid to crack down.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) will start sending about 400 letters every fortnight to suspected victims of online dating scams with warnings to stop sending money.

Recipients will be identified if suspicious cross-border money movements are flagged with anti-money laundering agents as part of the new scam distribution project.
There was a staggering $89 million in financial losses from scams last year, with dating and romance topping the list at more than $25 million, the ACCC found.

There were close to 3,000 reports of relationship scams in 2013, with one third of people losing more than $10,000.

ACCC Deputy Chair Delia Rickard said the aim was to disrupt the scam and therefore remove victims from scammers’ insidious clutches.

‘Scammers invest considerable time and effort deceiving you into a fake romance, a fraudulent business partnership or a complex investment scheme. Their ultimate aim is to build your trust so they can steal your personal details and money,’ she said.

‘Victims of relationship scams often don’t know they’re a victim until it’s too late and their money is gone forever.’

Read more and watch the videos of victims at this link:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2721537/love-lost-Australians-lose-25-million-dating-romance-scams-year.html

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August 22, 2014 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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