It’s Valentines Day next week! While some us of may be sharing it alone, others may be lucky enough to have received a special message in their inbox from “Andre Webster Muhller”. What a lovely gentleman he is – he even called us “Dear”!
Yes, this is the email that is meant to appease us all of our loneliness and leave us with no choice but to respond to his charming wit:
how are you today I hope that everything is OK with you as it is my great pleasure to contact you in having communication with you starting from today, i was just surfing through the Internet search when i found your email address,I want to make a very new and special friend,so i decided to contact you to see how we can make it work if we can.please i wish you will have the desire with me so that we can get to know each other better and see what happens in future.
Am Andre Muhller ,Am from the United States and am presently in the State, I will be very happy if you can write me through my private email for easy communication so that we can know each other or are you on whatsapp ?
I will give you my pictures and details about me later bye For now Andre
Sadly, even if only one person (out of the hundreds of thousands who received this spam email) responded to it, the cyber criminal would have just found its next perfect victim.
That one person will likely become the latest victim of a romance scam and the next statistic in Australia’s dirtiest secret. Romance scams are an epidemic.
Look at this appalling fact:
Australians lost $20 million to romance scams alone in the 10 month period from January to October 2014, with Victorian females aged 45 – 54 the biggest victims.
If you’re dating online this Valentines Day – don’t you think it’s time to CupidScreen?