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.So, what can you do if you've found yourself in Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance?" For some reason, it seems everyone who has been scammed immediately turns to yours truly to the rescue.
"It is incredibly resource-intensive and requires cooperation with overseas agencies to catch just one person," she said."In terms of the amount of romance scams out there, catching one would have very little impact."Ms Rickard said reporting scams to Scamwatch helped the organisation form an understanding of the size of the problem, devote resources to the issue and develop educational campaigns to warn the public.Male scammers are normally between 40 and 50 and they always try to target female dating members who are between 40 and 60 years of age.Details that don’t add up – Online-dating scammers often have very detailed and convincing background stories.Ms Rickard said scam groups were operating on many sites, including Facebook, dating sites and sites targeting different religious and ethnic groups, to groom potential victims and gain their trust.It can take weeks, months, sometimes years before the scammers' ultimate aim becomes clear, but there will always be a request for money Ms Rickard said."They will spin you a story asking for money.