East european dating scams

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Recently, I had a chance to review a package of dating scam emails, instructions, pictures, videos and love letter templates that are sold to scammers in the underground, and was struck by how commoditized this type of fraud has become.

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The proprietor also claims that his method is more than 20% effective within three replies and over 60% effective after eight.Once a virtual relationship develops, it is usually followed by requests for money for things such as passports, visas, travel insurance, customs fees, bribes for officials, or other fictional fees such as an Australian Government travel bond or guarantee.Scammers might also claim they have been in an accident on the way to the airport and need money for hospital bills.In more developed scams, the scammer will pretend to be an Australian citizen in distress or will make use of what appears to be an Australian Government email address to send fraudulent emails.The message may even include fake details of a non-existent visa, scans of a visa or a passport bio-page, or documents bearing what looks like official Australian diplomatic stamps.

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