A new ‘safe harbour’ complaints process has been set up for online hosts to follow under the Harmful Digital Communications Act.
These types of scams include: Often, if you are the victim of a scam you may be in denial.
Once you’ve realised you are being scammed, stop all contact and avoid sending further payments.
Social media sites like Facebook and Instagram don’t allow nude images.
If you have a complaint about a photo or video posted on these sites without your consent you can contact the site administrator to request that the offending material be removed. Don’t reply to emails or letters that scammers have sent you.
Scammers or fraudsters may be on dating sites and social networks setting up fake profiles.
Scammers may pose using fake pictures and claiming to be from New Zealand or working overseas.
Successful scammers are good at grooming you; they ask lots of questions about what you want in your life.
They will be thoughtful, caring and ‘looking for a soul mate’. Once they’ve taken all they can, your new love will disappear and your money will be gone.
Once the relationship is established, they will seek financial assistance. For example, scams where the victim is blackmailed using compromising photos or videos like in the ‘Ashley Madison’ case. No one wants to think that they could be taken advantage of by an internet dating scam and yet hundreds of people are every single year.
Visit Netsafe’s website Someone starts connecting with you through a dating service. The opportunity for blackmail may arise if you are persuaded into compromising situations and the scammer uses their webcam camera to capture images of you.
You get to know the person, perhaps over weeks or months. All of a sudden they request a short-term loan for some personal crisis. These images can be used later on to blackmail you.