Number of lonely people being scammed on the rise
An investigation by the SonntagsBlick newspaper shows the amount of single and lonely people being scammed online in Switzerland is growing – and it's older women that are more likely fall for the scam.
Gangs around the world are seeing Switzerland as a soft touch.
It normally starts on a dating site and the names are generally Anglo-Saxon sounding. Many of the communications are in English.
The scammers create an identity, often US armed services personnel based in Iraq or Afghanistan. After a series of pleasant messages, the person then mentions a financial problem.
One woman in Zug handed over CHF 400,000. She warns never give money to someone you’ve never met.