Internet Love Scam

Internet Love Scam

As of December 2021



Have fallen prey to scammers



Total amount lost to scammers



Largest amount lost by an individual


You are befriended by an attractive person (usually foreign) online and after gaining your trust, they ask you for money as proof of love. He/She will tell a tale about falling into trouble or hard times and ask for a loan from you. Once the money is transferred, the scammer disappears.

In some cases, your online friend may ask you to invest in a company or cryptocurrencies.

He/she may also request that you help them receive or transfer funds on their behalf using your bank account.

Look out for these scam signs

How to stay safe

If you have not met the person, do not send any money to him or her.
Verify the identity of the person you are talking to with an online image search on,
Insist on a LIVE video call with the person you're talking to.
All investments carry risks. Be wary of opportunities that promise high returns and low risk.

Always ask, check and confirm before you invest.
Never allow others to use your bank account to conduct their transactions. You may be committing a crime by laundering money for criminals.

Money laundering is a serious offence. Offenders may be fined up to $500,000 and imprisoned for 10 years. You should note that you are responsible for all the transactions carried out on your account.
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Internet Love Scam: Real Stories

28 Jun 2022 | Internet Love Scam

Do not enter personal details into unverified websites

message from this guy called tony wang. he mentioned Ig pushed my account to him hence he was interested to make friends. we chat and he proceeded to ask me to chat via whatsapp instead. he started to…...

21 Jun 2022 | Internet Love Scam

Friend I got to know online turned out to be a scammer

I got to know the lady on Facebook dating. Went on to chat on WhatsApp. The scammer sent photos of her in various places in Singapore, and also video of her and friends every now and then, while talking…...

14 Jun 2022 | Internet Love Scam

I was asked to pay more than $1k for my "gifts"

Got to know this guy from Instagram by the name of 'Hakim Hassan' recently on 25 may 2022. He is from Indonesia but grow up, live and work in Manchester, uk. (for 25 years) he has 3 Instagram accounts…...

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