Don’t be CATFISHED this Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day is coming up soon and while some of you might be thinking of special ways that you can treat the one you love, others will turn to the internet looking for love and end up getting roped into romance scams. Romance scams hit people where it hurts – in their wallets! According to NetSafe, in the first three months of 2018 Kiwis reported losing $7.9m to romance scams, and these are only the reported losses. That’s a lot of money! Below are some red flags that you should look out for when searching for love online…

  • The relationship and person seems ‘too good to be true’.

  • They ask you to send photos of yourself.

  • The relationship is moving VERY fast.

  • The other party always has an excuse not to meet in person or via Skype.

  • They inform you of an ‘emergency’ and then request financial assistance.

  • Their emails contain bad grammar, spelling and stories that don’t add up.

  • They ask that you leave the website to chat via text, email or on the phone.

If you think that you may have fallen victim to a scam contact 0800 ASK BNZ (275 269) or +64 4 924 0499 as soon as possible.

For more information on romance scams you can visit NetSafe.

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