BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN – The internet has changed the way we do a lot of things, from keeping in touch with family and friends, work, to finding love.

We spend an average of SEVEN hours online everyday, and it’s fair to say that we live and breathe the internet.

While online dating and social media sites have become increasingly popular tools to find love and friendship, they’ve unfortunately also become popular tools for fraudsters known as romance scammers.

These con artists create fake profiles to lure in victims, establish romantic relationships and eventually, extort money.

While there is limited data available on the type of scams affecting Bruneians (as well as the financial losses incurred), in the US scammers managed to extort $547 million from their victims last year, according to the latest report from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). 

Common romance scams include the use of fake dating profiles to mine…

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