Romance scam costs resident 'thousands' police say

A RECENT alleged romance scam has been reported to Mackay police prompting a warning which should be heeded by any one out there seeking companionship online.

The incident reported to police appears to have cost the victim an exceedingly high amount of money - many tens of thousands of dollars.

The victim met the third party through an online dating service, after some time spent communicating with them, the requests for money began - and these requests have been relentless since.

Our friends at Scamwatch have valuable information available to you on how a romance scam works, the warning signs, how to protect yourself and how to tell if you have in fact been scammed.

Check out this information on romance scams from Scamwatch.

If you haven't met someone (outside of onine communication) … never send money to them.

If you have lost money through a romance scam…we encourage you to report the matter through the A.C.O.R.N system (Australian Cybercrime On-line Reporting Network).