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Bulleting: A New Twist On a Romance Scam – Pig Butchering

A New Twist On a Romance Scam – Pig Butchering


  • This scam originated in Southeast Asia and the name of the scam is “Shāz Hū Pán,” meaning pig butchering.
  • This scam is a combination of a Romance Scam and a long-term Financial Fraud Scam.
  • Scammers search dating sites and social media apps to find their victims, with the hope of becoming the victims “lover or friend”.
  • The reason that it is called Pig Butchering is that the victim is fattened up and then scammed with a “chance to become rich”

Fraudsters use fake online trading platforms and convince victims to transfer funds or cryptocurrency into their trading account. In most of the reports received at the CAFC, victims are instructed to purchase cryptocurrency from a legitimate exchange and transfer it to a crypto address controlled by the fraudster.

Occasionally, the victim will be able to withdraw a small amount of their “investment” in the hopes they’ll be persuaded to invest even more of their money. The fraudster will do everything it takes to make you think the investment is legitimate and lucrative. In most cases, victims realize they have been defrauded when they try to withdraw their funds and are unable to.

Warning signs

• Someone you haven’t met in person professes their love to you.
• Friend requests from people you don’t know or profiles that seem too perfect.
• Requests for remote access to your device in order to “teach” you how to invest.
• Investment opportunities with higher than normal returns.
• Requests to transfer your crypto investment to an alternate crypto address.

How to protect yourself

• Don’t accept friend requests from people you do not know.
• Never send money to someone you haven’t met.
• Don’t give out your personal information (name, address, DOB, SIN, banking credentials).
• Don’t allow remote access to your device (any desk, TeamViewer, etc.).
• Be careful when sending cryptocurrency; once the transaction is completed, it is unlikely to be reversed.
• Verify if the investment companies are registered with your Provincial Securities Agency or the National Registration Search Tool (
• Beware of fraudsters asking you to open and fund new crypto accounts. They will direct you to send it to addresses they control. Don’t


Reporting a fraud

Anyone who suspects they have been the victim of cybercrime or fraud should report it to their local police and to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre’s online reporting system or by phone at 1-888-495-8501.  If not a victim, you should still report the incident to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.

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