Avoiding Scams

Keep Your Communications on The Pair Tree

The Pair Tree uses sophisticated software and tracking systems to block many scammers from ever being able to reach and use our services and viewing the Pair Tree website.

We recommend keeping your communications on the Pair Tree website so we can help you avoid becoming the victim of a scam. We monitor user login locations and look for other signs of scammers. Some scammers will try to get you to use other methods of communication outside of the Pair Tree so they can scam you.

Don't Get Scammed! What exactly is a scam?

On rare occasions, scammers are able to slip through our security systems. We are on the constant look out for scammers and we monitor our systems for them.

A scam is where a person wants to obtain something from you and they may try to trick or fool you to get it. A scammer may try to get your money, your identity or something else. Sometimes a scam is obvious and sometimes they are not. Below are some examples of scams to look out for. Once you've read this list, you will know more about scams and how to avoid them. Knowledge is empowerment!

Taking Action Against Scammers

If you think the conduct of someone has been dishonest, contact your local police station and make a complaint.
If you think someone is trying to scam you, notify us and then go to Scam Watch to report the scam.

Information About Some Common Scams

It's an Emergency and I Need Money

Never Give Anyone Any Money Under Any Circumstances

Some scammers try to get to know you. They might tell you that they want to meet you or go traveling with you. They may express strong feelings for you and start a relationship with you. They may send you gifts in the mail. They may send you photos of themselves and their family. They might send a small amount of money to help you out. They may try to get you to communicate with them away from our website. Then at some point, they will tell you they have had an emergency and ask to borrow some money from you. They will tell you it's just for a short while and some may tell you that they will pay you back with interest. This is a scam.

Some common examples of these types of scams are:

  • My child (or another family member) is sick and needs urgent medication or treatment.
  • I am sick and need to obtain some medication or treatment.
  • I have an amazing business idea and just need a little bit of money to get it started.
  • I just got offered an amazing business opportunity that will double my money.
  • I just got robbed and beaten up. Now I'm stranded.
  • I just got robbed and beaten up. I need money or I will miss my important job interview.
  • My car got stolen and now I'm stranded.
  • I'm involved in divorce proceedings but my money will be available soon. Then I'll repay you with interest.
  • I'm stuck in a legal problem but I will get money soon. Then I'll repay you with interest.
  • I have been evicted from my rental property and I need some money for a bond on a new place.
  • My grandmother or another family member was taken to hospital.
  • A family member died and I want to pay for the funeral or travel to the funeral.
  • Something went wrong and now I'm homeless (they may say that have a child as well) and living on the street.
  • I was in a car accident and I'm in hospital. They might even send you a photo to try and prove it.
  • I was traveling and lost my passport. Now I'm stuck in another country. Sometimes, they will try to say that their young child is with them.

A scammer will try to convince you. They may get someone else to contact or call you and tell you about the emergency. They may send you a picture, a document that looks official, a snapshot of a payment receipt, a snapshot of a bank balance, a bank statement or any number of documents to prove their situation to you. These are fakes and you are being scammed! Whatever the reason a scammer uses, they will try to make you feel bad for them and create a sense of urgency or impending doom if you do not send them money or help them in some way. If someone asks you for money or something else of value, it's a scam.

Calling Someone On a 1900 Phone Number or a Strange Phone Number

Never Call Anyone on Phone Number Beginning with '19' or a Number You are Unsure About

Some scammers try to get you to call them on a phone number beginning with '19' such as a 1900 number or a 1902 number or another number where you may have to pay expensive premium pay by the minute call charges or fees. Never call anyone on one of these numbers unless you are willing to pay the premium price. We do not allow these services on our website. If you have called someone on a 1900 or premium phone number and you were not advised of the costs, you should contact your phone company and ask for a refund. You can also contact the Telecommunications Ombudsman and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission for help.

Sending Messages on Your Mobile Phone When You Will be Charged a Fee

Never Reply to a Message on Your Mobile That Says Fees and Charges Apply

Some scammers may try to get you to reply to a mobile message from them that says fees and charges will apply for a return message. This is a phone scam. Never reply unless you are willing to pay the fees and charges. If you have been charged for a mobile phone service and you were not advised of the costs, you should contact your phone company and ask for a refund. You can also contact the Telecommunications Ombudsman and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission for help.

Accepting Computer Files or Other Downloads

Never Accept Files, Pictures, Videos or Download Files

Some scammers may try to get you to download a file, some pictures, a video, a ZIP file or some other file. The problem is, sometimes files can contain hidden viruses, Trojans or worms etc. These viruses can then infect your computer. An infected computer can allow someone to access your computer without you knowing it, access and copy your files, delete your files, steal your identity, damage your operating system or prevent you from accessing your computer unless you pay them.

Clicking on Unknown Website Links

Never Click on Website Links You Are Unsure Of

Some scammers may try to get you to go to a website that is infected with a virus, or get you to download a file from a web link. The problem is, sometimes a website or files can contain hidden viruses, Trojans or worms etc. These viruses can then infect your computer. An infected computer can allow someone to access your computer without you knowing it, access and copy your files, delete your files, steal your identity, damage your operating system or prevent you from accessing your computer unless you pay them. Some common links people might try to get you to follow include:

  • A website that will confirm your identity. Some scammers will tell you that they were assaulted on a date once and that they want you to confirm who you are so they know you are safe.
  • A website link to accept a gift or present.
  • A website that has an unusual ending. For example, instead of '.com' or 'com.au' the website might have 'ru' at the end or another unusual ending.
  • A banking website, PayPal or some other website.
  • A website to buy movie or concert tickets for your date.
  • A website to buy anything online. You will never receive what you are paying for.

Proving Who You Are

Never Send Your Identity Documents

Some scammers may try to tell you that they recently went on a date and they were assaulted. They may say they have strong feelings for you, that you are a nice person but they are scared. They will try to convince you to prove who you are to them. They might ask you to send a copy of your driver's license, your passport or go to a website where you can enter in this information. The scammer will tell you once you have confirmed who you are, you can go on a date. This is scam to steal your identity.

Now Go and Have Fun - But Don't Get Fooled

The Pair Tree is a great place to meet a variety of interesting people and have lots of fun. Have fun, but be mindful of scammers.