Screenshot of a list of rentals available on Gumtree, a popular classifieds site. Image via Gumtree. Modus operandi : The conmen usually advertise incredible properties at attractive rents in exclusive areas. They will then trick the target by asking them to transfer their deposits and rental advances through money transfer agencies such as Western Union. Example : Sisters Alexandra, 19, and Zaire Sheppard, 18, from Holloway wanted to leave home and rent their own flat. Image via uvuqgwtrke.
The study found that 1-in-5 people have been victims to both internet auction scams and online dating scams, and a 1-in had their Facebook hacked. However, in comparison to other surveyed nations, the loss was much smaller than its neighboring countries. Almost a quarter had experienced internet auction fraud, where they purchase an item online and never receive it. And finally, Malaysians were also victims of online dating scams, where a scammer creates a fake profile on an online dating site to elicit money. While online scams are real, they are equally preventable.
While plenty of successful relationships begin online, scammers also use online dating sites, apps, and chat rooms to trick you into sending them money. These imposters create fake profiles to build online relationships, and eventually convince people to send money in the name of love. Some even make wedding plans before disappearing with the money. The first sign of a scam is an online love interest who asks for money.
The alleged ringleader of the transnational racket was among two Nigerian men, a Nigerian woman and an Indian woman picked up during a raid on their operational centre in the Malaysian capital on October And in Hong Kong, police arrested five local women whose bank accounts were suspected to have been used to transfer the scammed cash to accounts in Malaysia and Taiwan. They were arrested for money laundering and obtaining property by deception, and released on bail pending further investigation. Sources said the women were initially scam targets themselves.