Identity theft is nothing new, but it’s on the rise.While online dating may have made meeting people easier, it has also paved the way for fraudsters.
Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre, online-dating fraud cost Canadians $17 million last year.
And even though the total number of victims is small compared with other scams, in the last three years they lost more money looking for love online than to any other type of fraud." data-reactid="24"According to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre, online-dating fraud cost Canadians $17 million last year.
chatted with a private investigator from Cs2i to discuss how scammers woo their potential victims.
What they explained was that while you’re at our most vulnerable, turning to the internet in hopes of love or companionship, the person on the other end could be playing off your emotions to potentially gain access to private and personal information to go after your money or identity.
CBC News The advantage of the web, of course, is that the fraudster never has to meet his or her mark, though Williams said they will if the payoff is rich enough.