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The alert comes after a man lost $20,000 to someone he met online and a woman was left waiting at an airport.
Queensland State Police Minister Judy Spence said police were investigating a number of internet-based scams in which lonely and vulnerable people had been fleeced thousands of dollars.
Ms Spence said two recent victims were a 45-year-old man and a 47-year-old woman.
"The male victim was fleeced of approximately $20,000 through a scam which began when he met someone he believed was a potential female friend on an online personal site," she said.
"And the female victim lost thousands of dollars and was left waiting at the airport after she sent money to a man she met on a web-based matchfinder.
Once a relationship has begun they then ask for money to by an airline ticket to visit the victim, seal a business deal, pay for medical expenses after an accident, or to tide them over after a robbery or because of corrupt officials, Supt Hay said.
Originally posted by budski
How stupid are people?
How long have you got?
The list is endless...
Originally posted by argentus
Hopefully just your bringing this kind of thing to light might make some take a second look at their actions, and temper their longing for companionship with a healthy dose of reality.
I can say that now. I am one of the lucky ones. We celebrate our 20th anniversary in a little more than a month.