In another scheme, scammers ask victims to receive funds in the form of a cashier's check, money order, or wire transfer, claiming they are out of the country and unable to cash the instruments or receive the funds directly.
In 2015, the last year for which data is available, consumers lost more than 0 million this way.
But somewhere down the track you may start to feel that things don’t quite add up.
Times and places may not tally, or they may retell a story in a slightly different way.
Someone starts chatting with you through an online dating service and you enjoy the long chats with them and eventually become interested.
But then right out of the blue they need some money – a looming personal crisis or a short term lack of funds. Online dating fraud rose by 33% last year 88% of dating fraud is online – the rest is by post, through newspapers and in person The UK public lost £34 million to “romance” fraudsters in 2014 The average reported loss is between £2000 and £3000 The average time between initial contact and the realisation that you have been conned is 6 weeks Average victim age is between 45 and 60 years old 57% of victims are female In the UK 89% of reported scams occur in Birmingham and London Here are a few of the more obvious scams that are around and some tell-tale things to look out for.
There is no point trying to “catch” the scammer by yourself because they are probably located in some other part of the world and you alone will have no access to them.