Some scammers will show fake copies of plane tickets, visas or other documents to make the travel plans appear to be authentic.
After wiring the money the victim waits at the airport patiently with a bunch of flowers for his/her love of their life to arrive.
Only when all passengers are off the plane and the scammer doesn't show up do they realize that they've been scammed.
Filipino scammers may also ask you to send money for plane tickets, visa fees, marriage annulment fees or other travel related expenses. In one variation a Filipino asks you to send money so that she can purchase a webcam for an online video chat with you.
The victim sends the money to purchase a webcam and the lady vanishes with the money never to be seen again.
It called on authorities to be more proactive in tackling the problem of chatroom sex with minors, saying it would otherwise grow to rival the multi-billion child pornography industry in scale.
“The biggest problem is that the police don’t take action until child victims file reports, but children almost never report these crimes,” said Terre des Hommes activist Hans Guyt.
Also, make it clear that you will never send any money to anyone you meet online.
If the person is genuine they should be very happy that you will travel to meet them, if they are a scammer and sense that they will never receive any money you will probably find that they disappear as soon as they realize they will never receive any financial benefit from communicating with you.
Several weeks later the victim looks at their credit card statement and sees billing for adult chat services.
In this scam the scammer asks you to send money for fees for college, university or other educational activities.
Albert Jaap Santbrink, executive director and activist from Terre des Hommes (featured in video above), said he had major concerns over what he called “webcam child sex tourism”, saying many of the children involved were as young as six years old.
“In only 10 minutes we traced one thousand men from all over the world who were willing to pay Sweetie to perform sexual acts in front of the webcam,” he told the press conference at the Hague.
In this scam the scammer will say that he/she wants to visit you but doesn't have enough money to pay for his/her plane ticket and travel expenses.