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"However, this box is now stuck in (x) country’s customs.In order to release it they claim they have to pay a customs release fee – which is then requested from the victim." Online dating scams are nothing new, but they are on the rise.• Always guard your privacy online and be careful about what information you share.• Never send money or give credit card or online account details to anyone you don’t know and trust.He said that while abroad on business, his daughter had been injured in a hit and run accident and he required £9,600 for the operation in hospital.
Someone you have started to develop a relationship with online might first ask for money for travel costs, or say they have lost their plane ticket so need to borrow some cash for a new one.
They might say a family member is ill and they need funds for urgent medical treatment.
According to recent figures, these requests for cash appear to be working.
Action Fraud UK, the country's fraud and internet crime reporting centre, says it has been alerted to new methods used by dating fraudsters.
One includes the scammer telling the victim that they don't have enough annual leave left to come and visit them but that they can buy some from their employer.
Though hesitant, she eventually made the transfers and went on to send a further £44,500 to Mr Cole for various travel costs, accommodation, and to help him with his business.