According to a recent data by police, a total of 1,164 individuals fell victim to love scams from January to September this year. More than half of the victims were aged between 15 and 40 and the accumulated loss was RM62.97 million.
Here are the 6 possible scenarios in such a scam:
1) Scammer claims they have been mugged, shot, involved in an auto accident, arrested, or their money, passport, and identification was stolen.
2) Scammer claims he has lost company money and cannot afford to pay his employees.
3) Scammer arranges for you to go to their country to meet and marry, you risk theft, rape etc.
4) Scammer confesses what they are doing, claims to have "truly" fallen in love with you, but they continue to ask for money.
5) Scammer plans to come to your country to marry, but had an accident or other tragedy on the way to the airport
6) Scammer has a business, but needs to have merchandise shipped to victim's house, and then have victim ship the merchandise to scammer.
Romance scammers are getting increasingly manipulative so if you are going online to look for love, it's absolutely vital that you take the following actions:
Look at their profile picture - If their profile picture looks professionally done and can be found on a modelling website, chances are it's a stolen picture. Google their profile.Ask specific questions - Ask exact and specific questions about some of the likes or statements on the profile.
Check spelling & grammar - While a lot of people have bad grammar or spelling, see if it's inconsistent with the way people speak from where they claim to be. Also, if it is audio chat, see if his/her accent is what he/she claims to be (if the scammer has mentioned that before of course).
Ask personal questions - Scammers do not like to answer personal questions about themselveS and will often misspell the cities they say they are from. If they are unfamiliar with any of the local landmarks and attractions, this is another sign.
Be wary : Be wary if they seem to get too serious too soon. This may include using pet names (e.g. hon, love, babe, sweetie, etc.) immediately, or discussing marriage after a few instant messaging chats. They may also claim that destiny/fate/God brought you guys together and that they can't live without you.
Report them - Stop any and all communication, and report them, if they ask for money for any reason.
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