Consumer Protection is urging people to be vigilant when sending funds to the African nation of Togo to ensure they have not fallen prey to 'romance' or 'investment' frauds.

A number of campaigns have been conducted in recent times alerting consumers about the high incidence of internet scams conducted out of Nigeria and Ghana.

Consumer Protection believes those campaigns have led to scammers changing their tactics and they now request money be sent to Togo.

The scams are often started over the internet and ultimately end up with Australians sending money through wire transfers to people they believe they have formed a romantic relationship with or to businesses they believe they are investing in.

West Australians have lost thousands of dollars in such schemes that are all fraudulent.

Anyone considering sending money to Togo for an investment or romance that began on the internet should consider contacting ScamNet to ensure their transaction is legitimate.

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