Unhappy Valentine’s Day is when you are scammed by the Facebook ‘lover’ you gave your heart and money to…

14 Feb 2017

Watch out for Valentine’s Day internet scams.



36m36 minutes ago

: Malaysia, Singapore, Australia on love scam alert


15h15 hours ago

: Scammers plan to break hearts of the lonely on


SYDNEY: Love may be in the air on February 14 but Saint Valentine’s Day is also peak time for scamming lonely hearts for money, an Australian government body warned Monday.
Romance scams cost victims more money than any other form of cheating, with those aged over 45 more likely to be stung, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) said.

Social media, and particularly Facebook, are very popular with scammers seeking to contact targets.


Romance scammers are getting increasingly manipulative so if you are going online this Valentine’s Day to look for love, it’s absolutely vital that you’re able to recognise the warning signs,” its deputy chair Delia Rickard said in a statement.
“Scammers create very believable profiles, including stealing the identities of real, trusted people.
“If you meet someone who seems too good to be true, do some research to see if they’re the real deal,” Rickard said.
She also warned against people who express strong feelings quickly.
Scamwatch advised:
💔 Never provide your financial details or send funds to someone you have met online.
💔 Run a Google Image search to check the authenticity of any photos
💔 Be very wary if you are moved off a dating website as scammers prefer to use private emails or the phone to avoid detection.

💔 Don’t share intimate photos or use webcams in an intimate setting which can leave you open to blackmail.

Read More : http://www.nst.com.my/news/2017/02/212116/heartache-scammers-plan-break-hearts-lonely-valentines-day

12h12 hours ago

Australia, Malaysia, Singapore on love scam alert

Romance scams cost Australians more money than any other form of cheating, with those aged over 45 more likely to be stung, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) said. Victims are lured with promises of love and companionship into giving strangers money.

In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysian and Singapore police said 27 suspects – including 11 Nigerians, whose country is notorious for offshore financial swindles – were arrested in a joint operation against a syndicate preying on people seeking partners.
They cheated 108 people in the neighbouring countries out of about 21.6 million ringgit ($4.9 million) in 2016, authorities said in the Malaysian capital.

Evidence seized in the operation – including computers, mobile phones and automatic teller cards – was presented at a press conference in Kuala Lumpur. Acryl Sani, director of Malaysia’s Commercial Crime Investigation Department, said the victims were from both sexes, with 43 from Singapore and 65 from Malaysia, and included elderly people.

Read More : http://www.nst.com.my/news/2017/02/212137/australia-malaysia-singapore-love-scam-alert


16h16 hours ago

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