Last year, the National Consumers League noted that they received at least 80 complaints from online users who have been victimized by romance scams.
With just a few days left before Valentine’s Day, here are some of the most common online scams that use romance as a hook.
Despite warnings, English-speaking women in Hong Kong continue to fall prey to online romance scams.
In January and February this year, fraudsters netted HK million from 24 female lonely hearts victims, according to the latest figures from the city’s Cyber Security and Technology Crime Bureau (CSTCB).
There is usually the promise that the fictitious character will one day join the victim in the victim's country.
The fraud typically involves the scammer acting as if they've quickly fallen for the victim so that when they have the opportunity to ask for money, the victim at that time has become too emotionally involved, and will have deep feelings of guilt if they decline the request for money from the scammer.If you need to translate any love letters or email in Chinese or Thai for a girl that speaks little English, just use the free Google translate service.It is not a 100% perfect in translation, but it is certainly 95% – or enough to make any girl understand your meaning.This compares with 114 local cases of internet dating fraud in 2016, with losses of HK million for the whole year.
My attempt to “scam the scammer” started with a friend pointing out suspicious guys posting on Lovestruck, a paid-for dating site popular with professionals.
But, the catch is you must pay money to translate each email to the girl!