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Scams target people of all backgrounds, ages and income levels across Australia.There's no one group of people who are more likely to become a victim of a scam.
In August, a British man was sent to jail after defrauding two women of over £300,000 (5,300) through online dating sites.
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He had convinced them that he was a diplomat and that a US marine general had fallen in love with them, causing one woman to pawn jewelry, empty her life savings, sell her car, and take out loans to help this general move to the UK. In 2011, the Internet Crime Complaint Center estimated that the online dating scamming “industry” was worth over million, but it’s likely much higher than that, due to the difficulty of making a good estimate.
People are often ashamed to come forward and admit that they’ve been duped.