Line dating scams
Follow her on Twitter @rachelblundy." data-title="Rachel Blundy" data-html="true" data-template=" Hong Kong’s gender imbalance and societal pressure on women to get married are among factors being blamed for a rise in online dating scam cases, which have increased fourfold in the city in just three years.
Last year, 114 cases of online dating fraud were reported to police in the city, costing victims a total of HK million, alarming new figures show.
It was a mere two weeks before Aleksandra's emails swung in a more intimate direction, peppered with loving endearments and declarations of their future together.
A smitten Dave began to make plans, discussing travelling to Russia to see her — but he also had his doubts.
She had emailed her phone number but told Dave he could not call her, saying "my phone doesn't accept international calls".
Although she said she was 32 years old, the pictures she sent appeared to be of a much younger woman.
There is a warning for people looking for love online.
Pete Caddigan oversees the company's security investigations. "It's tough, every day I come in, there is a new scam and a new set of scammers," Caddigan says. "In the state of Virginia, what's interesting is that 50 percent of the total romance scams reported, happen in the first two months of the year.
Don’t send money to tide someone over after a mugging or robbery, and don’t do anyone a favor by making an online purchase or forwarding a package to another country.
One request leads to another, and delays and disappointments will follow.
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Before the South China Morning Post, Rachel worked as a reporter at the Evening Standard in London.
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The average loss was about 13-hundred dollars per victim," he explains.