(Last Updated On: September 6, 2020)

Romance Scam Information Alert

ALERT: NEW ROMANCE SCAMScam A Scam is a confidence trick - a crime -  is an attempt to defraud a person or group after first gaining their trust through deception. Scams or confidence tricks exploit victims using their credulity, naïveté, compassion, vanity, irresponsibility, or greed and exploiting that. Researchers have defined confidence tricks as "a distinctive species of fraudulent conduct ... intending to further voluntary exchanges that are not mutually beneficial", as they "benefit con operators ('con men' - criminals) at the expense of their victims (the 'marks')". A scam is a crime even if no money was lost.

We are hearing of a new variation on Romance Money ScamsScams A Scam is a confidence trick - a crime -  is an attempt to defraud a person or group after first gaining their trust through deception. Scams or confidence tricks exploit victims using their credulity, naïveté, compassion, vanity, irresponsibility, or greed and exploiting that. Researchers have defined confidence tricks as "a distinctive species of fraudulent conduct ... intending to further voluntary exchanges that are not mutually beneficial", as they "benefit con operators ('con men' - criminals) at the expense of their victims (the 'marks')". A scam is a crime even if no money was lost..

In this case, the scammerScammer A Scammer or Fraudster is someone that engages in deception to obtain money or achieve another objective. They are criminals that attempt to deceive a victim into sending more or performing some other activity that benefits the scammer. asks for you full contact information, including address, to send you a gift or gifts. Then you get an email from “Customs” telling you that you have to pay duties/taxes on the gifts – but Customers Services don’t do that by email. They hold the items and deliver notice in written form (regular mail).

If the items were sent via mail originally, then your mail carrier might give you a notice. Either way, the email is a fake and an attempt to get your payment information (credit cards or bank account information).

Even if they gifts were real, you are not obligated to pay the taxes, you can abandon them. Plus, gifts below US$400 never have taxes or duties. That’s the way this all works worldwide.

If you ever receive a scam via email, please forward the email to us, along with ALL the other information about the scammer to scams@romancescamsnow.com

Thank you!