Other pretexts used have included requests to transport items across international borders.
Once money has been transferred overseas the chance of recovering the funds is highly unlikely.
Recently a number of New Zealanders have been manipulated and defrauded by persons abroad professing romantic interest and marriage intentions over the internet. If you have not met someone personally, you should not respond to their requests for money (regardless of how desperate their circumstances appear).
Internet dating scams typically result from connections made through internet dating websites or chat rooms.
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