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Bulletin: Romance Scams

Bulletin: Romance Scams


The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre is issuing an alert for romance scams. Every year around Valentine’s Day, fraudsters are on the look-out for unsuspecting victims who are looking for love and companionship. Victims are typically contacted on dating websites or social media and then asked to switch to a different method of communication. It is common for suspects to use real pictures found on social media of real people (i.e. business people, members of the military, family photos), pet photos and hobbies. Fraudsters quickly profess their love to gain their victims’ trust, affection, and money. This type of fraud relies heavily on victim emotions and may last for months, years, or until the victim has nothing left to give. The fraudsters will never end up repaying the victim and continue to make empty promises while asking for more money.


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