Lately the European Consumer Centre (ECC) receives a lot of complaints about dating websites.
Usually free dating websites are not really free of charge.
The ACCC will also be sweeping these sites to look at what measures they have in place to protect consumers against scammers, as part of its Scams Disruption Project.
“Unfortunately the ACCC continues to hear the devastating impact of dating and romance scams, with over million reported in financial losses and nearly 1700 complaints already this year,” Ms Rickard said.
He claimed to be a high flier in a major American toy firm, but then managed to convince her to give him £200 for medical treatment, encouraging her to take out credit cards.
“Getting sucked into this made me feel really stupid,” Aileen said.
Transparency or a lack of disclosure around automatic renewals is also a concern.
Often, scammers will pretend that they need the money for some sort of personal emergency or insist they need the money to travel to visit you.They are often registered in Switzerland or Curacao. In the last few weeks a lot of European Consumer Centres received complaints about dating websites.These complaints are usually about invoices that are too high and subscriptions that are not easy to cancel.Debt collecting agencies will be employed when consumers do not pay the outstanding amounts.In a lot of these cases dating websites seemed to be free of charge, until profiles were “liked” or until consumers contacted others via the website.