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Sweetheart scammers are con artists who prey on lonely people by pretending to fall in love with them in order to win their trust and steal their money.While sweetheart scams can happen face-to-face, today’s sweetheart scams often take place online.Scammers may pose using fake pictures and claiming to be from New Zealand or working overseas.Successful scammers are good at grooming you; they ask lots of questions about what you want in your life.Via the internet the offender will attempt to form an emotional bond with you.An offender may go to great lengths to gain your trust, sharing their ‘personal information’ and even sending you gifts.
Some have even created phony dating websites to get to your credit card number and other private information.
When the bill arrives, the host leaves and the establishment sends very large men to force the visitor to pay an exorbitant bill before leaving the premises or face assault.
Arthouse/Rug Sale Scam: A young “art student" will approach a visitor (often at large tourist sites) and ask if s/he likes artwork created by local students.
They will be thoughtful, caring and ‘looking for a soul mate’. Once they’ve taken all they can, your new love will disappear and your money will be gone.
Once the relationship is established, they will seek financial assistance. For example, scams where the victim is blackmailed using compromising photos or videos like in the ‘Ashley Madison’ case. No one wants to think that they could be taken advantage of by an internet dating scam and yet hundreds of people are every single year.