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How to Identify Suspect

How to identify scam?

Any of the following behaviours should raise concerns that the person you are interacting with is a scammer:

Someone offers money to you

These are always scams. Always. Check Scamwatch for more details and examples. This includes emails requesting your account details so transfers can be made, and emails announcing that you've won a lottery or cash prize.

Long distance relationships

If you do come into contact with someone who is living in another city and can't afford a plane ticket to visit, consider your options carefully. We advise that you never send money to anyone you have met online. If you have been in touch on email and phone, and you would really like to meet, we suggest you meet somewhere neutral or else if you are prepared to take a chance and meet someone in another state or city, visit them and pay your own way. Never send money to anyone that wants to visit you.

Declarations of love

If someone you are in contact with starts declaring their love for you within a matter of weeks (or even days), be cautious. The emails may be long and romantic, so be careful to use your best judgement. If you are unsure, get a second opinion from a friend or suggest a phone call with them to help you make a decision about this person's intentions.

Requests for money

Beware of any mention of financial difficulty and the need or request for financial assistance. This can come in the form of requests for money to pay for a visa, an airfare or to help a sick relative, or asking for your personal or financial details. Beware of anyone asking you to use a wire transfer service.

The age of the member

Are they young and good looking or out of your specified age requirements? This could be suspect.

Identify a love scam

  1. Impersonating using pictures of good looking men from the USA or Europe on social networks.
  2. Impersonate with pictures of sexy women.
  3. A recent widower who would like to find a spouse.
  4. Someone of mixed heritage, the father originating from USA or Europe, while the mother is from Malaysia or vice versa.
  5. Have great and successful careers such as businessmen, doctors, government officials and so on.
  6. Stating that he is a former refugee from an African country and has funds in several countries that cannot be withdrawn.
  7. Suspicious and fake social media account with extremely limited personal photos (Three or five pictures only).
  8. Taking a long time to reply a message through email or other social networks.
  9. Trying to avoid communication through the computer’s webcam.
  10. Sweet and romantic nicknames were called in a short period of time.
  11. Using sweet words to seduce.
  12. Promising to marry.
  13. Will send packages containing lavish gifts.
  14. Will come to Malaysia to visit victims and families.
  15. Using a third party account (owned by a local citizen).
  16. The victim is required to pay for the parcel that was sent.
  17. Asking for money even if he has never met the victim.