Romance dating scammer
The ACCC is warning people to be on the lookout for scammers who are trying to con their victims into paying for scams with Apple i Tunes gift cards.
During 2017 to date, reports to the ACCC’s Scamwatch show 1236 people lost nearly 0,000 to scammers using gift cards as payments.
Some scammers have accomplices in the United States and abroad that move in to finish the deal once the initial contact has been made.
While Nigeria is most often the nation referred to in these scams, they may originate in other nations as well.
For example, in 2006, 61% of Internet criminals were traced to locations in the United States, while 16% were traced to the United Kingdom and 6% to locations in Nigeria.
The details vary, but the usual story is that a person, often a government or bank employee, knows of a large amount of unclaimed money or gold which he cannot access directly, usually because he has no right to it.
Such people, who may be real but impersonated people or fictitious characters played by the con artist, could include, for example, the wife or son of a deposed African leader who has amassed a stolen fortune, a bank employee who knows of a terminally ill wealthy person with no relatives, or a wealthy foreigner who deposited money in the bank just before dying in a plane crash (leaving no will or known next of kin), and similar characters.
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