Report a scam to Scamwatch or the Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network (ACORN).A romance scam occurs when a man or woman pretends to be romantically interested in someone who is looking for love or friendship on an internet dating or social media site, in order to obtain financial gain.Most victims find it hard to resist the pull towards the scammers seduction due to the heavy pattern of romantic attention the scammer has created and many will lose financially before their illusion is broken resulting in a physical, spiritual and emotional breakdown.
She had emailed her phone number but told Dave he could not call her, saying "my phone doesn't accept international calls".
Although she said she was 32 years old, the pictures she sent appeared to be of a much younger woman.
Included with the email was a copy of her passport, showing her name, address and photograph.
Despite his concerns, in February Dave went to his Mount Gambier bank branch to make a transfer of $400 to Aleksandra but he was stopped by a bank employee who told him bluntly she believed he was being scammed.
Just in the month of January, Scamwatch data revealed Australians lost an astonishing $1.8 million to dating and romance scams.