Recently a number of New Zealanders have been manipulated and defrauded by persons abroad professing romantic interest and marriage intentions over the internet. If you have not met someone personally, you should not respond to their requests for money (regardless of how desperate their circumstances appear).Internet dating scams typically result from connections made through internet dating websites or chat rooms.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.The visitor is often taken to a dimly lit back room and given a menu with small print.Sometimes, the visitor’s beverages will be spiked with drugs to impair vision and/or judgment.If you commit an illegal act at the behest of another person, knowingly or otherwise, you may be held personally responsible in New Zealand or abroad. In fact, they're someone you could see yourself spending the rest of your life with.
If you or a loved one has fallen victim to a sweetheart scam, report it to our office by phone toll-free within North Carolina at 1-877-5-NO-SCAM or online at
Turkey Drop (Wallet/Money Drop) Scam: An unsuspecting tourist spots a wallet or packet of cash on the ground.
The scammer picks it up and asks if it belongs to the tourist, showing a wad of currency, and tries to get the tourist to touch it.
Scammers frequently create fake identities on dating websites and social media like Match, Senior People Meet, Christian Mingle, and Facebook.
Some have even created phony dating websites to get to your credit card number and other private information.