The African Antelope
The African Antelope
What do African scammers and African antelopes have in common?
Both are hunted by international big gamers and present a challenging environment for the hunter who presents an exciting and informative story about the hunt and allows the reader to share in their equally rewarding hunts. The following lists some of the professionals who guide these hunts:and they provide a challenging sport for thousands of hunters.
Crimes of persuasion
The authorities are placing responsibility for reduction of crime statistics on to social education possibly because their inability to oppose these scammers has filled their horizons. The Internet Police are now being made up from pro-active members of the internet community who are emerging from the awareness of the fact that the internet community is placed in constant danger from internet scammers. They help to reduce the growing statistics of the crime by keeping these criminals occupied so they are not scamming real people.
Authorities appear to have little understanding of the romance scam victim or how the criminals interact with victims. Media reports are released focusing on the foolishness of victims, their vulnerabilities and weaknesses. By doing this they are achieving less understanding as more crime goes unreported and self-help sites from pro-active victims grow.
Romance scams have existed since the internet began - reported online in 2005 and increased reporting each year following. Australian Police first took an interest in the crime and victims in 2009. Detective Superintendent Brian Hay and Senior Detective Graeme Edwards have taken the initiative to help victims of financial crime followed by the Major Fraud Squad in Western Australia then South Australia. Western Australia sends out warning letters to victims followed by SA and the ACCC in 2014 launches action by sending warning letters to Australians.
POLICE SUPPORT - Queensland/Western Australia/South Australia
August 2009 - Queensland Police working with Economic Financial Crimes Commission in Nigeria
May 2012 - Queensland Police hold Victim Support Group for Victims of Financial Crime
June 2012 - Queensland Police host Fraud Victim Support Group
May 2012 - Project Sunbird - WA Police post letters to suspected victims
March 2013 - Western Australia Police travel to Geraldton to help victims March 2013 - Residents have sent $1 Million dollars
April 2013 - Project Sunbird - Hotline for romance scam victims - 1300 304 054
April 2013 - Project Sunbird - An education session will happen on Tuesday, April 23 at the function room in the New Lodge Motel, 172 Clive Street in Katanning. Attendees are asked to arrive at 6pm for a 6.15pm start.
April 2013 - Project Sunbird - Anti-fraud initiative targets Katanning
Romance scams fleece 25K a day from West Australians
March 2013 - Australia signs up to Cybercrime Treaty
December 2013 - Police head to Broome to convince locals not to fall for romance scams
March 2014 - Operation Disrepair - South Australia
March 2014 - Operation Disrepair finds SA lost more than 2 million in 4261 transactions to foreign scams
January 2014 - Queensland Fraud Squad teams up with psychologists to help scam victims see truth
August 2014 - ACCC launches action to stop Australians falling victim to dating and romance scams
September 2014 - The ACCC cracks down on online dating sites Back