How To Avoid A Online Love Scam. Singapore Private Investigator, Vincent Tan, Asia Top Investigation
Updated: Jul 11, 2020
Online love scam is on the rise in Singapore. You might think that it will never happen to you but it is always better to be safe than sorry. Most of the victims who fall into this scam are lonely and vulnerable such as those who have just ended a relationship or seeking for love. You can read more on the Singapore Police Force website for the latest information and visit the Scam Alert website for the latest news. If you want to report a scam please call the police hotline at 1800-255000 or visit the website www.police.gov.sg/iwitness. You can also read about how love scam that reaped S$5.8m from victims in TODAYOnline.
The modus operandi of the scammer is to first establish contact with the victims through emails, dating apps, phone numbers, or other social media platforms to build trust with the victims. These scammers will create online profiles to attract potential victims. Some scammers make use of available latest technology to create a fake profile by stealing real people's names, images, and personal information.
After establishing contact with victims the scammers will work toward getting close to the victims. Scammers are usually very good listeners and sweet talkers. They are able to give comfort to the victims and make them feel responsive. Sometimes they will help to solve the problems for the victims to gain trust. Most scammers are romantic and will send some "photos" of themselves. They can spend months to win over their victims with gifts and romantic messages. Finally declarations of love. Gradually the victim will fall for the scammer and start to believe that they are in a relationship even without meeting. The scammers will then share their personal painful "experiences" like how they have been cheated by their partner or some financial woes. That is when they will start their strike for money. Sometimes they may lead victims to send obscene photos or videos of themselves and later blackmail them for ransom. Some of these online relationships can take up to a year or more before the scammer will disappear after taking the victim's money.
Private Investigator, Vincent Tan from Asia Top Investigation LLP advises it is good to conduct some background checks if you are in doubt or if you feel something is amiss. Most scammers will not meet up in person and they will make up very good convincing reasons for victims to believe. Take your time to know someone you meet online and if you feel that something is not right, seek help. Do not share any intimate photos online and don't send money without meeting the person even they promise to pay back.
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