If it does, ask lots of questions

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Sometimes the scammer will send you valuable items such as laptop computers and mobile phones, and ask you to resend them somewhere. They may also ask you to send pictures or videos of yourself, possibly of an intimate nature. Their messages are often poorly written, vague and escalate quickly from introduction to love. They'd hit it off right away, and he said he lived just outside of Phoenix, which seemed relatively proximate to a woman in remote Yuma, Ariz.

Sometimes the scammer will send

It's rare for a scammer to meet you in person. Regardless of how you are scammed, you could end up losing a lot of money. Scammers can use your information and pictures to create a fake identity or to target you with a scam. Of course, real people sometimes have nice things and go to great places, but these visual cues are key to scammers who want to get your guard down for their future bid for cash.

Never agree to transfer money for someone else. Warning - the above scenarios are very likely to be forms of money laundering which is a criminal offence.

They may also ask

If you think you have provided your account details to a scammer, contact your bank or financial institution immediately. The money you send to scammers is almost always impossible to recover and, in addition, you may feel long-lasting emotional betrayal at the hands of someone you thought loved you.

If you agree to meet a prospective partner in person, tell family and friends where you are going. If a year-old model is contacting a year-old man, there's something wrong.

This helps us to warn people about current scams, monitor trends and disrupt scams where possible. Just as they were about to meet, he had a sudden emergency and had to fly to the Philippines, where his daughter was supposedly staying with a relative. They will tell you they need your money to cover administrative fees or taxes. She's often surprised at what she finds. Often the scammer will pretend to need the money for some sort of personal emergency.

The crook will then lavish you with attention and flattery. When the victim gets wise, the con artist gets scarce. By then, Morrison knew she was dealing with a scammer. Avoid any arrangement with a stranger that asks for up-front payment via money order, wire transfer, international funds transfer, pre-loaded card or electronic currency, like Bitcoin. The reasons are varied but practical.

They're traveling, stationed overseas or have some long-distance emergency. Distraught, he said he left his wallet in the cab. He needed money for a hotel. When reading an email, ask yourself whether the sentence structure strikes you as strange.