Once a virtual relationship develops, the Australian citizen is asked by their friend or prospective marriage partner to send money to enable travel to Australia.Once the money has been received, the relationship is usually terminated and any chance of recovering the funds is highly unlikely.
That includes dating scams — among the oldest and most common of online swindles.
Recently, I had a chance to review a package of dating scam emails, instructions, pictures, videos and love letter templates that are sold to scammers in the underground, and was struck by how commoditized this type of fraud has become.
The proprietor also claims that his method is more than 20% effective within three replies and over 60% effective after eight.
The dating scam package advises customers to stick to a tried-and-true approach.
Often, these are men pretending to be women who make contact with Americans usually men over the Internet through dating websites or chat rooms. The New York Times recently ran an article dealing with E-mail and Internet scams involving so-called Russian women.
The fictitious person then seeks to create a virtual relationship through the exchange of photos and e-mails. Embassy in Moscow urges Americans to exercise caution many U. citizens have lost hundreds, and even thousands, of dollars. Scammers usually misinform the Americans about travel expenses and/or they inflate the cost of the expenses that do exist. In both cases they discuss how these women didn't even really exist, yet the men still sent thousands of dollars to them.The scammers often make use of what appear to be Australian Government email addresses to send fraudulent emails to the Australian party, informing them that the friend or prospective marriage partner has been granted a visa to visit Australia to further the relationship.The message may include fake details of a non-existent visa.Russian authorities strictly enforce all visa and immigration laws.The Embassy of the Russian Federation website provides the most up to date information regarding visa regulations and requirements.The dating scam package is assembled for and marketed to Russian-speaking hackers, with hundreds of email templates written in English and a variety of European languages.