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.
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.
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.
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.
Scammers also ask victims to send money to help overcome a financial situation they claim to be experiencing.
These are all lies intended to take money from unsuspecting victims.
"He said he was going to pay me back double," she laughs.
Though the amounts and details of the scam vary from victim to victim, when it comes to romance scams, the con is almost always the same: The crook wants to get a besotted victim to wire money or provide access to a credit card.
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.