Romance scams

Romance Scam - Recognize, reject and report it!

Recognize it: What is the Romance Scam?

A romance scam involves any individual with false romantic intentions toward a victim in order to gain their trust and affection for the purpose of obtaining the victim’s money or access to their bank accounts or credit cards. In some cases the suspect will even attempt to get the victim to commit fraud on their behalf, as a money mule (accepting, then transferring money or goods) often unknowingly. Most romance scams begin via social media sites or online dating sites.

Reject it: How can I protect myself or loved one?

Investigate

Report it: How should I respond?

We strongly suggest that you REPORT THE INCIDENT for the following reasons:

  • If you’ve sent money or transferred money or goods on behalf of a scammer, the police and financial institutions need to be aware in order to properly investigate, recover stolen funds and/or goods if possible and work toward preventing further criminal activity.
  • Reporting romance scams helps fraud authorities to warn other people about current scams, monitor trends and disrupt scams where possible.

Additional guidelines can be found at:
Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre
Get Cyber Safe
Competition Bureau (Little Black Book of Scams)

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