Report dating scammers using dating sites effectively

Read Harmful Digital Communications Act to find out more about your rights. From fake Facebook pages to malicious applications and advertisements, social media scams are not always easy to spot.

These types of scams include: Often, if you are the victim of a scam you may be in denial.

If you have a complaint about a photo or video posted on these sites without your consent you can contact the site administrator to request that the offending material be removed. Don’t reply to emails or letters that scammers have sent you.

Unfortunately, if you have been scammed, the chances of recovering your money are not good.

This can also occur with naked photos that you send by mobile phone to others (‘sexting’).

A new ‘safe harbour’ complaints process has been set up for online hosts to follow under the Harmful Digital Communications Act.

Yahoo offers an online support group for victims of Romance scams.

Scammers or fraudsters may be on dating sites and social networks setting up fake profiles.

They will be thoughtful, caring and ‘looking for a soul mate’. Once they’ve taken all they can, your new love will disappear and your money will be gone.

Once the relationship is established, they will seek financial assistance. For example, scams where the victim is blackmailed using compromising photos or videos like in the ‘Ashley Madison’ case. No one wants to think that they could be taken advantage of by an internet dating scam and yet hundreds of people are every single year.

A growing epidemic in the world today is the Online Romance Scam.

Generally, a victim is contacted by someone online through various social media or a legitimate dating website.

Scammers may pose using fake pictures and claiming to be from New Zealand or working overseas.