Their prime purpose is to gain your confidence so you will give them your mobile number. Generally a few messages will pass and then they will say they have to go or something similar but want to catch up and can they have a phone number.
Once they have your phone number they will then send at some future date a text message saying they want to catch up.
Generally these numbers come from premium phone services and the aim is to get you to respond so that you pay $5 plus per message you send and receive.
What is more worrying is that the operators of these scam have been around for a while and continue to act without worry or threat of legal action.
QNA would be interested in hearing from anyone who has received a scam sms text message from a personal dating site as the aim is that these Australian companies need to be shut down.
If anyone has received suspicious txt messages of this type then please review the links below and if you have any feedback please feel free to contact QNA.
Some good information and background on these scams can be found on the sites below.