This narrative produces a physiological effect in the victim’s brain, through powerful neurotransmitters, such as dopamine, serotonin and oxytocin. These brain chemicals increase levels of trust, bonding and deep feelings of love and euphoria. This is the reason victim’s are convinced to send money; they want to be supportive in the ‘relationship’. Requests for money are often quite plausible, such as needing the funds to buy airline tickets to come and see the victim. Motivation to send money is high because the victim wants to meet their love interest and continue to build the envisioned future together.

Relationship scams cost Australians and New Zealanders, on average, $83,877 per event; took victims 10.4 months to detect and resulted in considerable emotional and mental health impacts. Around one in ten events resulted in subsequent identity fraud; such as unauthorised mobile phone porting, Internet banking fraud, and image-based abuse and extortion.

IDCARE's community counselling services are available for family and friends of relationship scam victims as well as individuals directly and currently engaged with scammers. If you or anyone you know may be experiencing relationship scams, contact IDCARE to receive free and anonymous support and advice.

 

Relationship scams cost Australians and New Zealanders, on average, $83,877 per event; took victims 10.4 months to detect and resulted in considerable emotional and mental health impacts. Around one in ten events resulted in subsequent identity fraud; such as unauthorised mobile phone porting, Internet banking fraud, and image-based abuse and extortion.

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