Beware of Romance and Money Scams
Please be aware that scammers often invent false stories to convince people to send them money. One of the most common types of fraud we see in Norway is the romance scam in which a scammer builds a romantic online relationship with a victim and then claims to be in trouble and in need of money urgently. Other scams include appealing employment offers (requiring a processing fee), lottery winnings, inheritance notices, bank over-payments, and work permits. For more information on how scams work and common stories, see https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/emergencies/international-financial-scams.html.
Do NOT send money unless you are certain that your internet correspondent is a legitimate organization or person they claim to be. Avoid providing personal or financial information to persons or businesses you don’t really know or haven’t verified.
If you believe you have been defrauded of money and/or have divulged personal information we suggest you report this incident to the relevant bank or government authorities. If you are in Norway and/or you are a Norwegian citizen, we suggest you also contact local Norwegian Police.
You can find information on reporting scams at https://www.usa.gov/stop-scams-frauds. You may also report this incident to the Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov – a joint organizational initiative between the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C), and the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BIA).
If you wish to file a complaint about Internet fraud, please see the econsumer.gov website, hosted by the Federal Trade Commission, which is a joint effort of consumer protection agencies from 17 nations at www.econsumer.gov/english/ or go to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Internet Crime Complaint Center (www.ic3.gov). To file a complaint about unsolicited email, contact www.usdoj.gov/spam.htm.
Resources on Romance Scams
- Online Dating Scams: How to Recognize a Scam Artist
- U.S. Army, 2011: Scammers are increasingly creating fake profiles, pretending to be Soldiers.
- If you feel you have been scammed by a person claiming to be a U.S. Soldier, contact the FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center and the Federal Trade Commission.