Cross-border online dating scams soar: Miaoli police chief

Taipei Times
Date: Oct 26, 20202
By: Peng Chien-li and Kayleigh Madjar / Staff reporter, with staff writer

A bank teller in Miaoli County prevented a woman from falling for an online dating scam, as they deemed her attempt to transfer US$500 abroad suspicious.

The teller informed the police after a woman, surnamed Huang (黃), on Wednesday last week requested the transfer to a Chinese bank account.

Huang said that the money was emergency funding for her “husband,” a person who goes by the name James, who she connected with about six months ago through an online dating app, the Jhunan Township (竹南) police precinct said.

Three officers persuaded Huang that she was the target of a scam.    [FULL  STORY]

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