Stolen identities online dating
A new threat has presented itself to the world of online dating.“Sweetheart Scammers” are on the prowl, looking for potential victims on popular internet dating websites.If you think you have provided your account details, passport, tax file number, licence, Medicare or other personal identification details to a scammer, contact your bank, financial institution, or other relevant agencies immediately.You can also contact i Dcare - a free government-funded service which will work with you to develop a specific response plan to your situation and support you through the process.Firstly, you may receive a response to a message you have sent very quickly (maybe with fifteen minutes).
There are even some websites that use “double-blind” e-mail method, that restricts each party access to the other’s real identity.
Other scams include the travel scam which involves the scammer making romantic advances to the victim, before asking them for money to travel to visit them, the phone scam, where the scammer asks the victim to call a number that will cost the victim an excessive amount of money, and the postal scam, whereby the victim is befriended online by a person from abroad who claims to live in the victim’s country but be working abroad.
The scammer asks for emergency money convincing the victim that they are the only one who can help.
The FBI has coined the term to describe identity thefts who lure their victims through dating websites and chatrooms.
Once they’ve found the right person, they court them with gifts bought with stolen credit cards.
Scammers work by setting up false profiles on online dating websites.