Using a Dating Service
- Cease all communication with scammer
- Inform the dating site owner
- File a complaint with law enforcement authorities
- Provide evidence to prove scammer’s intentions
- The police will contact you
- Further information is requested
- Arrests are made
Until a few years ago scam victims had to suffer in silence as law enforcement authorities had no idea how to help them. However with scamming quickly turning into a global epidemic, law enforcers across the world are sitting up and taking notice. Scam victims now have the chance to report scammers and there is a chance for the offenders to be arrested as well.
If you suspect a potential scammer or have even been scammed by someone, the first thing you need to do is cease all communication with the scammer. There is no point trying to “catch” the scammer by yourself because they are probably located in some other part of the world and you alone will have no access to them. Instead, take the matter to the relevant authorities.
You must report the scammer to the dating site owner and administrator. A reputable dating service will remove a scammer’s profile so they are not able to victimize anyone else on the site.
It is important that you file a complaint with the police or other relevant law enforcement authorities in your country. Unlike a few years ago, there is now a chance that the person who scammed you may be arrested. While you may or may not get your money back, at least your scammer will be behind bars. With the increasing number of scammers from Nigeria, the Nigerian law enforcement authorities are working in conjunction with police from across the world to ensure scammers receive the punishment they deserve.
In order to report a scammer, you must have proof that the person has tried to or has scammed you. This proof can be in the way of emails, chat conversations, text messages, letters or anything else that proves that the scammer requested money and subsequently robbed you off your money. When filing your complaint, be sure to attach this evidence to your official complaint.
After receiving a complaint from you about a scammer, the police will get in touch with you to get more details about the scam, the scammer, your communication with them etc. Be sure to provide all the information and evidence you have. The more information the police have, the better equipped they are to catch the scammer.
After contacting you, the police will attempt to get still more information and this could also involve getting information about you, to ensure you were not involved in the scam in any way but as a victim. The dating site administrators will probably be contacted as well for further information about the scammer’s profile so the police might be able to get a better idea of the scammer’s activities and whereabouts.Stay safe and enjoy your online dating experience!
With heightened scammer knowledge, there is hope of scammers being arrested. If all goes well, the person who scammed you may be arrested for their crime and if you are really lucky you might even get your money back.
- US Info – Scam victims who are US residents should file a complaint using the Internet Crime Complaint Centre.
- Australia Info – Australian residents should file a complaint online using the Online Reporting System for Advance Fee Fraud, operated by the Queensland Police Service. Once you file a complaint, your contact details will then automatically be sent to the appropriate person in the police force in your state, even if you are not a Queensland resident. This is probably the easiest and most reliable way to ensure your complaint reaches the correct person in your local state police force.
- UK Info – With a newly launched fraud strategy, the UK Home Office recommends that scam victims get in touch with the police immediately.
- Canada Info – The Royal Canadian Mounted Police runs the Reporting Economic Crime Online (RECOL) website which allows Canadian residents to file fraud complaints.
- NZ Info – The New Zealand Ministry of Consumer Affairs allows New Zealand residents to report a scam via their online form.
- France Info – French victims can get help via this website and the complaint is consequently handled by the police.