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They do this through email, social media, dating websites and other website and apps.
Usually these scammers are pretending to be someone they’re not, using photos and identities of people they’ve found online.
If you’re suspicious about a new contact there is an easy way to see where their photo is being used on the web, by performing a reverse image search using Google Images.
How to reverse image search You may want to reverse image search using more than one image of the person.
I now realise the money has been lost.” Romance scams can cause the person targeted serious harm.
After months or years of building up trust, friends or relatives who warn victims that they are being scammed can find the person being targeted is unwilling to believe it’s a scam.
This leaves them vulnerable to further requests for financial assistance.
After they form a “relationship,” they come up with reasons to ask their love interest to set up a new bank account.
The scammers transfer stolen money into the new account, and then tell their victims to wire the money out of the country.
Romance scammers often steal photos published online and use these identities to approach people.