They are likely to target over 45s who are looking for relationships and are in a comfortable financial position. Scammers will aim to gain your trust and friendship, and will then seek an opportunity to ask for assistance to pay for flights, medical bills etc.
Consumer Affairs regulators are urging consumers to stay vigilant online, particularly while engaging with international persons. Follow these simple tips to help recognise a scammer: Be open to the idea that scammers are prevalent online. This can happen within days, weeks or months of meeting someone online. Be careful about the amount of personal information you share and avoid sharing compromising material, which scammers can use to blackmail you.
If you agree to meet someone in person, make sure you let your family and friends know where you will be going.