UPDATE: Through the course of the police investigation, the woman was able to recover more than ,000 of the ,000 that was taken from her.
Police said because the incident was reported immediately and the money was not transferred outside of Canada, some of the transactions were reversed.
Romance frauds are the most lucrative scam in Canada.
The scammers are using their images without their knowledge and permission to deceive their victims and scam them out of money.
In August, a British man was sent to jail after defrauding two women of over £300,000 (5,300) through online dating sites.
He had convinced them that he was a diplomat and that a US marine general had fallen in love with them, causing one woman to pawn jewelry, empty her life savings, sell her car, and take out loans to help this general move to the UK. In 2011, the Internet Crime Complaint Center estimated that the online dating scamming “industry” was worth over million, but it’s likely much higher than that, due to the difficulty of making a good estimate.
Scammed by love A Vancouver woman who was bilked out of about 0,000 in a romance scam types on a computer.
The woman has asked not to be identified because her case has not been solved.