In this day and age of technology and limited time, more and more of us who are single, will turn to online dating to try to find someone special.The challenge with online dating is that someone can say anything to lure you in- whether it’s true or not, and may not necessarily be the person in the photos that they posted. Some wait for the perfect prey, others simply target someone that has previously been victimised and is vulnerable, or lonely.
Although people tend to worry more about getting ripped off by Tinder or Plenty of Fish dates, real-life romance scams are "very prevalent," Crandall said.
With more than 40 million men and women online looking for love, there are bound to be some scam artists out there.
A “catfish” is a person who creates a false online identity in the hopes of luring people into romantic relationships.
He offers these six tips to help you avoid being taken in.
According to 2016 figures released by the RCMP, some 748 victims in Canada lost a total of about million to online romance scams," Crandall said — about ,000 per person.