Online dating detective

They will then ask you for money to pay medical bills or travel expenses to visit you.In some instances you may even be contacted by someone claiming to be their doctor.Regardless of how you are scammed, you could end up losing a lot of money.Online dating and romance scams cheat Australians out of millions every year.Once they have your money, you will never hear from them again and the auction site will not be able to help you.

Just before the auction closes, the high bid will be withdrawn and the scammer’s low bid will win.If you are buying a product, the scammer can arrange for ‘dummy bidders’ to boost the price up.Other online shopping scams involve the sale of a product - such as a miracle cure or weight loss product—that does not live up to its claims.Dating and romance scams try to lower your defences by appealing to your romantic or compassionate side.

They play on emotional triggers to get you to provide money, gifts or personal details.

This can be for financial gain, or can be done through boredom or cruelty.