These offer you the false promise of an inheritance to trick you into parting with your money or sharing your bank or credit card details. Phishing are attempts by scamrs to trick you into giving out your personal information such as your bank account numbers passwords and credit card numbers. And romance scamrs will express strong emotions for you in a relatively short period of ti and will suggest you move the relationship away from the website to a more private channel such as phone email or instant ssaging They often claim to be from Australia or another western country but travelling or working will go to great lengths to gain your interest and trust such as showering you with loving words sharing ‘personal information’ and even sending you gifts. They may take months to build what may feel like the romance of a lifeti and may even pretend to book flights to visit you but never actually they have gained your trust and your defences are down they will ask you (either subtly or directly) for money gifts or your banking/credit card details They may also ask you to send pictures or videos of yourself possibly of an intimate nature. Nigerian involve soone overseas offering you a share in a large sum of money or a paynt on the condition you help them to transfer money out of their country While these originated in Nigeria they now co from all over. Warning - the above scenarios are very likely to be forms of money laundering which is a criminal offence Never agree to transfer money for soone the scamr will tell you about a large amount of money or gold they need to transfer out of their country and offer you a share of it They will tell you they need your money to cover administrative fees or taxes and romance scamrs can also pose a risk to your personal safety as they are often part of international criminal networks Scamrs may attempt to lure their victims overseas putting you in dangerous situations that can have tragic consequences. This data is based on reports provided to the ACCC by web form and over the data is published on a monthly basis Our quality assurance processes may an the data changes from ti to upper level categories include scam reports classified under ‘Other’ or reports without a lower level classification due to insufficient detail provided Consequently upper level data is not an aggregation of lower level scam categories. Often the scamr will pretend to need the money for so sort of personal ergency For example they may claim to have a severely ill family mber who requires imdiate dical attention such as an expensive operation or they may claim financial hardship due to an unfortunate run of bad luck such as a failed business or mugging in the street. The scamr may also claim they want to travel to visit you but cannot afford it unless you are able to lend them money to cover flights or other travel the scamr will send you valuable items such as laptop computers and mobile phones and ask you to resend them sowhere They will invent so reason why they need you to send the goods but this is just a way for them to cover up their criminal activity. Alternatively they may ask you to buy the goods yourself and send them sowhere You might even be asked to accept money into your bank account and then transfer it to. And romance often take place through online websites but scamrs may also use social dia or email to make contact They have even been known to telephone their victims as a first introduction These are also known as ‘catfishing’ Clues for spotting fake profiles Identity theft is a type of fraud that involves using soone else's identity to steal money or gain other benefits. Scamrs take advantage of people looking for romantic partners often via websites apps or social dia by pretending to be prospective companions They play on emotional triggers to get you to provide money gifts or personal details. Regardless of how you are scamd you could end up losing a lot of money Online and romance cheat Australians out of millions every year The money you send to scamrs is almost always impossible to recover and in addition you may feel long-lasting emotional betrayal at the hands of soone you thought d life story Georgina's Facebook fiancé leaves her. If you think you have been scamd report it to the website app or social dia site where the scamr first approached you. Let them know the scamr’s profile na and any other details that may help them to stop others being you think you have provided your account details to a scamr contact your bank or financial institution encourage you to report to the ACCC via the report a scam page This helps us to warn people about current monitor trends and disrupt where possible Please include details of the scam contact you received for example email or also provide guidance on protecting yourself from and where to get the word to your friends and family to protect them. Example to chat privately×Example to chat privatelyCloseScamrs typically create fake online profiles designed to lure you in They may use a fictional na or falsely take on the identities of real trusted people such as military personnel aid workers or professionals working abroad. Their ssages are often poorly written vague and escalate quickly from introduction to If you don’t send money straight away their ssages and calls beco more desperate persistent or direct If you do send money they continue to ask you to send don’t keep their promises and always have an excuse for why they can't travel to et you and why they always need more money Protect yourselfNever send money to soone you haven’t t in person.