Be wary of requests for money

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It is rare to recover money sent this way. They will tell you they need your money to cover administrative fees or taxes. Spread the word to your friends and family to protect them.

They may also ask you to send pictures or videos of yourself, possibly of an intimate nature. Be wary of requests for money. Scamwatch strongly recommends you do not travel overseas to meet someone you have never met before. You might even be asked to accept money into your bank account and then transfer it to someone else.

Avoid any arrangement

Never agree to transfer money for someone else. They may take months to build what may feel like the romance of a lifetime and may even pretend to book flights to visit you, but never actually come.

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. They often claim to be from Australia or another western country, but travelling or working overseas. Scammers can use your information and pictures to create a fake identity or to target you with a scam.

They will invent some reason why they need you to send the goods but this is just a way for them to cover up their criminal activity. Often the scammer will pretend to need the money for some sort of personal emergency. Scammers may attempt to lure their victims overseas, putting you in dangerous situations that can have tragic consequences. Alternatively they may ask you to buy the goods yourself and send them somewhere.

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