If you think you have provided your account details, passport, or other personal identification details to a scammer, contact your bank, financial institution, or other relevant agencies immediately.We encourage you to report scams to the ACCC via the report a scam page.Shamwell: If a person is asking you for any money within one or two conversations, I think that that should be a red flag.I think that if a person is refusing to actually meet you or making excuses not to actually see you face-to-face, I think that that should be another issue also.
Perpetrators use legitimate dating websites to defraud people looking for love out of hundreds of thousands of dollars, jewelry, electronics, and even plane tickets. I can assure you that if I can get this equipment, then I can make more money and we can be together.” Halpern: Believing they are in a relationship, some victims break the bank to help their Internet interest. Shamwell: Some of these victims are actually taking out second mortgages on their homes, they're using their retirement funds, they're doing reverse mortgages, things of that nature.
As part of their story to prove your relationship, these scammers often also seek personal information such as identification or birth certificates.
If you provide this information you may also leave yourself open to identity theft.
The scammer usually poses as a lawyer, banker or other foreign official, and claims that the deceased left no other beneficiaries.
Sometimes the scammer will say you are legally entitled to claim the inheritance.