COVID-19 restrictions are easing big time. Locked in at home, many persons had to place their romance on hold! Romance by Internet has been present with us since the birth of the Internet. Most likely link ups over the Internet and other dating apps increased big time during lock down.
Yet – how sure are you that the person you may have romantically linked in is true or a scam? Scammers know that with COVID easing, people will want to meet up in person. Your Internet friend may be asking you to send him/her money to buy an air ticket or so. Is this for real or you being scammed?
We have seen a number of romance scams recently. Will you be a third? We encourage you to print for this Infographic for your own use as well as to place as a poster at your place of work. As always we thank the e-Skills Malta Foundation for the infographic and their contribution to the ĠEMMA tips.
If you believe that you have uncovered a scam or you were the target victim of one, ĠEMMA advises you to report this. Do not let the scammer get away with it. Remember that there are vulnerable people who may not have the knowledge you have and may be at a high risk of being scammed unless the scam is stopped.
Contact the Malta Police Force’s Cyber Crime Unit as follows:
Telephone: +356 2294 2231/2.
In person: Call or visit any Police District station and lodge a report. The District Police Officer will request the assistance of a member from the Cyber Crime Unit as required