Scammers are lurking on dating sites looking for their next victim, warns forensic investigator Dr David Klatzow.
Klatzow has cautioned women using dating sites not to fall prey to a fraud scam which has come to the attention of the Hawks.
Klatzow says the predators often target well-off, single and lonely women who are looking for companionship.
He says the scammers usually claim to be in South Africa doing contractual work for a prominent organisation.
Once their 'contract' ends, the fraudsters supposedly return to the United States and enter a long-distance relationship with the victim.
Somehow, calls are made using a number with an American telephone code, Klatzow explains.
The fraudster then proposes that he permanently relocate to South Africa to live with the victim.
He arranges to "send" his belongings and money to South Africa, but the woman is asked to release the cases of goods at the airport for amounts as mush as R100 000.
Klatzow says one woman was scammed out of R7 million in a case he dealt with. He shares his insights and points out red flags for women to look out for.
Phone calls appear to come from America.— Dr David Klatzow, Forensic scientist
They appear to be a Nigerian-type 911 scam according to the Hawks.— Dr David Klatzow, Forensic scientist
These so-called officials documents look good. They come with fake letterheads. It's very scary.— Dr David Klatzow, Forensic scientist
These scams have got warning signals.— Dr David Klatzow, Forensic scientist
Listen to him explain the modus operandi of the scammers: