2017-03-16 13:21 PDT
File # 2017 Romance Scams
Social media sites such as Facebook and free online dating sites are the favoured means used by fraudsters to lure potential victims in to accepting their friendship, then swindling their hard earned money. This can often lead to financial hardship and a life time of embarrassment.
Millions of people are online connecting with people of similar interests. Criminals will gain your trust over a period of weeks through overt displays of affection while online. The fraudsters are patient and will wait for a level of trust to develop before mentioning the need for money, which will inevitably be brought up in some manner or another.
The fraudster presents themselves as a world traveller who works in a foreign country for extended periods of time. At some point the ploy will be introduced. They either want to meet you in person or they have come into some financial hardship that without your support will make their lives intolerable. They will ask for money to assist them and will always promise you that it will be paid back in full.
How to protect yourself
- Be cautious of entering into relationships with people online if you have never met in person.
- Remember, anyone can take on any persona online and if they are professing their love to you they are professing it to others as well
- Do not accept friend requests on social media sites from people you do not know
- Never send money to someone you have never met in person
- Bells and whistles should be going off in your head when you hear they work in a distant country but actually reside near you
- Never cash a cheque they send and they ask you to keep a portion of it. It is most likely stolen or fraudulent
For more information on current frauds and scams go to http://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/reportincident-signalerincident/index-eng.htm
Cst. Gary O'BrienMedia Relations Officer
Community Policing Services, Nanaimo
303 Prideaux St, Nanaimo, BC, V9R 2N3
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