Online Scam Advice
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An online scam is when a criminal uses the internet, usually through a fake account, to attempt to gather or steal your personal data, such as passwords, or extract money from you through a confidence trick.
Site like ours work very hard to protect all our members from online scam accounts. However some scammers are very deceptive and manage to get past our various fraud detection measures.
You should always act with caution when meeting people online and be aware of type of actions scammers may take to extract your personal information or persuade you to send them money.
If, for any reason, you suspect an account of being a scammer, report it immediately using the 'Report User' link on the profile page and cease all contact with that account. Under no circumstances send, lend or give any Money, Cash or Western Union transfer to any other member of the site.
Below are some typical examples of online scam techniques.
One of the most popular of online scams. The scammer will create a fake identity and proceed to communicate with you to build trust. They may communicate with you for weeks making you think you are getting to know them very well. All of a sudden you will get a message regarding an 'emergency' overseas that has happened, all to often in Nigeria or another african country. Emergencies can range from accidents, medical illness or robbery. You will be requested to send a single large sum or many small sums of money to assist. The scammer will have always been located in the country that the 'emergency' happens, but with often pretend to originate from a western country.
a) After communicating with a member, from overseas or another part of the country, they will suggest that you meet face-to-face, however they just don't have enough money to cover the cost and will ask you to help out by paying the whole or half the amount of the travel costs or hotel costs. Sometimes they will even suggest you meet mid-way to reduce the cost for each person.
b) Some scammers will even send you scanned examples of faked tickets to prove that they are supposedly genuine, however at the last minute an extra cost or emergency will occur. They will request you pay this for them so they do not have to cancel the meeting.
After communicating with a member, they or someone pretending to be a friend of theirs or even their doctor will contact you (if you have exchanged phone numbers) regarding a medical emergency for the member or one of their family. They will ask you to assist by sending a single large sum or many small sums, for various medical bills.
The '419 scam' or advance fee fraud has been around for a long time. The scammer usually promises to share 10% of a vast fortune (usually millions of dollars) with you, all they need is a fraction of the money to unlock the funds. They will request you send them this unlocking fee so they can transfer the funds to your account, before you transfer 90% on to another account.
After already being scammed, an associate of the the scammer will contact you. They will pretend to be a member of the police force, local to the scammer and will offer to arrest the scammer for you. however they will require a small fee to cover the paperwork and will request you send this.
Usually after a few months of communication with an overseas scammer, they will contact you with a great offer. They will have some money orders, from your country, that they will request you cash for them, so you can forward them on the money, keeping a percentage for yourself. The money orders are usually doctored to alter the amount (i.e. $10 = $1000 etc.) If you receive the money orders and deposit them in to your account it may take a few days/weeks for the fraud to be detected. Victims of this scam can be hit twice, first when they forward the cash to the scammer and second when their bank recovers the cost of the forged money orders from their accounts.
Unfortunately every time there is a disaster scammers who have already begun communication with potential victims will contact you. They may try to scam you in two ways.
a) The scammer will pretend to be collecting donations for the disaster and will usually ask you to send them you personal info directly, or push you to a scam website collecting donations.
b) The scammer will pretend to be a victim of the disaster and will request your help for medical or travel costs by sending them money.
Scammers are after your personal information to mis-use for their own needs, sometimes they want to send you spam, other-times they want more information, passwords, etc. to attempt to steal your identity.
The most common method of phishing is through 'confirm your account' emails. Always check the senders address and the url that any links within emails are trying to take you to. If you have and doubt just delete the email.
If you receive any suspicious emails claiming to be from SingleMuslim.com, we suggest you delete them immediately. Remember, if you need to contact Single Muslim you can do so, securely, by email or phone: Contact Us.
If you think you have been scammed you should:
- Cease all communication
- Save copies of all your evidence
- Report the member to site administration
- File a local police complaint
SingleMuslim.com can only take direct action against another site member when communication has been kept with the secure environment of the website. This action is is only limit to the suspension or removal of member accounts. If communication has been taken off the site there is little or no action that SingleMuslim.com can take.
SingleMuslim.com will work law enforcement agencies if requested. We can only release information regarding member accounts (in accordance with the UK Data Protection act) after receiving a Police information request. Please get the officer dealing with your case to Contact Us directly.
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