Sometimes people pretend to be your friend to get money from you. If you lend money to someone you met online, it could be a scam.

  • You may care about someone, but be careful giving them money. They may be tricking you.
  • Be careful about giving money to someone you haven’t met, or to someone you have only known for a short time. They could be trying to scam you.
  • Think about if that person can pay you back or not.
  • Call NT Consumer Affairs for help on 1800 019 319 or look at the Scamwatch website.


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Georgina’s Facebook fiancé leaves her flat broke

This webpage tells a story about someone called Georgina, who sent money to someone she met online.

Dating & Romance Scams

This web page talks about dating and romance scams.

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Stevie’s Scam School: Romance Scam

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Relationship scams

This video shows how dating and romance scams work and gives tips on avoiding being scammed.


Online Dating Scam – Ben’s Story

This video shows Ben’s experience of a dating and romance scam.


Online Dating Scams

This video shows Jan’s experience of a dating and romance scam. It tells you how to protect yourself from these scams


Glossary: What these words mean


A scam is when someone lies to get money or information from you.

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