Women scamming on dating sites
Scammers create fake online profiles in order to gain someone’s trust then ask for money, often claiming to be faced with an emergency, RCMP said.
That can involve fake social media profiles as well as those on dating sites or apps.
The plight of a Toronto widow who lost hundreds of thousands of dollars and her home in a dating scam has prompted police to urge vigilance online.
Police say the woman, whose name has not been released, is a former municipal employee who first made contact with the suspect or suspects in the case on social media. Ian Nichol of the Toronto police financial crimes unit says the woman eventually realized she’d been had.
"But I hung on and kept communicating because I wanted to see the end of the movie." The ending came as no surprise to experts on romance scams.
Morrison's erstwhile Romeo claimed he needed her to "lend" him ,000 to deal with one of the many crises he had fabricated.
But she had revealed to her new online beau how much she wanted children, and soon his 14-year-old son was emailing her."He said he was going to pay me back double," she laughs.Though the amounts and details of the scam vary from victim to victim, when it comes to romance scams, the con is almost always the same: The crook wants to get a besotted victim to wire money or provide access to a credit card.“My friends advised me to go online and try to find someone to share my life with,” she says via Skype.Firefly spent a lot of time on her profile, thinking she needed to be entirely honest and open if she hoped to really connect with someone.