The Valentine’s Day Scam: Comment From Azimo’s Michael Kent
Valentine’s Day is meant to be the celebration of love, but for so many, cupid is a conman. In the last few years there’s been an exponential rise in scammers scrolling through dating websites, chatrooms and social networking sites, creating false identities designed to bait their target’s interests.
These scammers are brilliant storytellers, constructing elaborate lies to convince people to part with thousands of pounds for anything from visas, to flights, and even for cosmetic surgery – only to miraculously disappear or to claim they never “received” the money.
Philippines, Russia and Thailand are amongst the highest regions of these scams. The most unfortunate part about the scam is the victims are mostly well-meaning hopeless romantics, who are lonely or longing for love. We always tell our customers to only send money to someone they’ve met; if something seems too good to be true, it probably is.
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