Romance frauds are the most lucrative scam in Canada.
Over the past four years, Canadians have reported losses of almost $50 million to authorities.
He or she might be attracted by the photo someone posts: a pretty young woman, or a soldier in uniform. For men, the female scammer presents herself to her target as “young and vulnerable.”For women, the man-on-the-make may say he’s wealthy or of high status, like a businessman or top soldier.
Or someone might reach out and start the conversation. He may also have a touching backstory: widowed, “lost their wife in a tragic accident, and are sometimes left with a child to care for.” “They want to know who you’re looking for,” Williams says.
And the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre thinks only a small percentage of victims tell anyone what’s happened to them.