14 Aug 2012

Online dating fraud doubles

12:30 pm on 14 August 2012

Online dating fraud has doubled in the past year and internet security advisor Netsafe says it has had more than 1500 online complaints reported in that time.

NetSafe says losses from online dating scams came to nearly $700,000, which is about two-thirdsof the internet fraud reported to them.

Executive director Martin Cocker says fraudsters usually form relationships with vulnerable women on dating websites, then ask them for money in a so-called emergency

He says internet users should always look for signs that people may not be who they say they are.

Other complaints include victims using fake websites that never deliver the goods they have paid for.