Relationship Scams involve a person developing a relationship (which may be romantic, a friendship, or based on a common interest) with an individual they believe is real and genuine, but who is actually motivated to:
The majority of relationship scams begin online. That is not to say that physical meetings or engagements do not occur. Common platforms used by scammers include social media (such as Facebook), relationship or dating websites and apps (such as Tinder, Bumble, Hinge or Grindr), and even email and SMS. IDCARE has seen investment fraud and employment scam attempts divert to relationship scams, and vice versa.
If you are concerned that you or a someone you know may be involved in a relationship scam, this checklist provides some of the common elements of a relationship scam. The more times you answer “yes”, the more likely it is that this is a relationship scam.
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IDCARE has access to the Department of Home Affairs Free Interpreting Service, delivered by the Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS National). Access to the Free Interpreting Service is provided to assist you to communicate with non-English speaking people who hold a Medicare card. Please note that the service does not extend to New Zealand citizens or residents who do not hold an Australian Medicare card, or to tourists, overseas students or people on temporary work visas.
New Zealand Relay provides services to help Deaf, hearing impaired, speech impaired, Deafblind and standard phone users communicate with their peers.
A TTY user connects to New Zealand Relay via a toll-free number and types their conversation to a Relay Assistant (RA) who then reads out the typed message to a standard phone user (hearing person).
The RA relays the hearing person's spoken words by typing them back to the Textphone (TTY) User.
The National Relay Service (NRS) is an Australian government initiative that allows people who are deaf, hard of hearing and/or have a speech impairment to make and receive phone calls.
The NRS is available 24 hours a day, every day and relays more than a million calls each year throughout Australia.
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