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    Attorney-General and Minister for Justice
    The Honourable Jarrod Bleijie

    Don’t be a love fool this Valentine’s Day

    Attorney-General and Minister for Justice
    The Honourable Jarrod Bleijie

    Thursday, February 14, 2013

    Don’t be a love fool this Valentine’s Day

    Today might be the day when love is in the air, but the Office of Fair Trading is warning those looking for a relationship online to be wary of romance scams.

    Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, Jarrod Bleijie said scammers used online dating websites as a way to initiate contact with victims, hoping to exploit them for financial gain.

    “These con artists aim to establish an emotional connection with their target in order to get them to lower their defences,” Mr Bleijie said. 

    “They may profess undying devotion, but all they are really after is money or personal details which can be used to steal their victim’s identity.”

    Mr Bleijie said there were a few sure-fire ways consumers could avoid being taken in by a scammer.

    “Be on your guard when the language of love turns into requests for money and avoid sending money to someone you have not met,” he said 

    “Be aware that money sent via international money transfer is generally impossible to recover.

    “Never give your bank or credit card details to someone via email and be careful how much of your personal information you put on the internet.

    “Romance scams cheat Australians out of millions of dollar every year, so you should make very sure your online romance doesn’t cost you more than a broken heart.” 

    For more information on scams visit www.fairtrading.qld.gov.au or call 13 QGOV (13 74 68).

    [ENDS] 14 February 2013

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