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The dating world is a minefield at the best of times but the Internet has added fresh risks, and not just of a cracked heart.

Spil a higher percentage of people use the web to find relationships, online-dating scams have become the No. 1 source of fraud against Canadians, CBC News reports.

According to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre, online-dating fraud cost Canadians $17 million last year. And even however the total number of victims is puny compared with other scams, te the last three years they lost more money looking for love online than to any other type of fraud.

It’s also become big business. Your old-school gigolo or gold-digger usually could only drain a duo of people at a time. But the centre’s Daniel Williams said organized crime has latched onto online dating spil a lucrative source of metselspecie.

“It’s a big vaart,” he told CBC News. “They’re doing the same thing to many people at the same time.”

The advantage of the web, of course, is that the fraudster never has to meet his or hier mark, tho’ Williams said they will if the payoff is rich enough. Otherwise, they can tailor their online personas to meet the expectations of the victim and may wait months before introducing the subject of money, he told CBC News.

“They can afford to have the money come te many months zometeen because there’s a stream of money coming ter all the time,” said Williams.

Even if the fraud is discovered, there’s little likelihood of getting your money back and prosecution is difficult if the scam is based abroad.

Besides gang-based operations, small-time scammers still stash ter the online dating world.

CTV News reported earlier this month that two Vancouver women lost thousands of dollars to a man who connected with them via Slew of Fish.

After several dates, the women say he charmed them into cashing private cheques for him, which zometeen bounced. Liz Charyna lost $400 and Mújol Dwyer $Two,700. The two women knew each other and were unaware they were watching the same stud.

“He indeed came across spil somebody who has a good job, he mentioned that he wasgoed a webpagina supervisor for construction, plus he had a renovation business on the side,” Charyna told CTV News. “He seemed legitimate.”

The two women didn’t realize they’d bot scammed by the same man until they discussed online dating at the gym.

“I need to warn you of this man that I just met,” Charyna told Dwyer.

“Oh, I just met him,” Dwyer replied.

She commenced a blog to omzichtig other women and told CTV News she’s received emails from several other victims, many too embarrassed to report the fraud.

“When something like this happens to you, you just feel sick,” Charyna said. “If you just stay silent, that’s where he has his power.”

Both women have made official complaints to police. A man with the same name spil the one they dated has a long criminal record, including fraud, CTV News said.

Ontario Provincial Police were investigating a rechtsvordering that a Huron County woman wasgoed conned out of $32,000 by a man she met through an online-dating webpagina, the Huron Bullet News reported last March.

The woman and hier fresh friend communicated online for several months, with the fraudster sending hier fake photos. Merienda she wasgoed hooked, he asked for money, telling hier he wasgoed having customs problems while travelling te Russia and China. She wired a total of $32,000 ter numerous transactions, the News said.

Sometimes the scammers don’t even bother appealing to love. The Canadian Press reported te June that Vencimiento police were warning that someone wasgoed using dating sites for what sounds like a variation of the Nigerian-letter scam.

Const. Michael Russell said victims are suggested a share of profits or other benefits if they send money overseas to help their online friend with shipping and storing a large quantity of gold, CP said.

One victim paid spil much spil $50,000 before the fraud wasgoed discovered, Russell said.

Police and the anti-fraud centre say there are ways to protect yourself against online-dating scams, especially the ones sourced outside your community.

“If you can’t get that person to meet face to face, if you commence to get excuses spil to why that can’t toebijten, I think that should be a bit of a crimson flag,” Staff Sgt. Stephanie Burns of the Ottawa police anti-fraud section told CBC News.

“If the person starts talking about money issues inappropriately early ter the relationship, I think that should be an indicator perhaps this person’s motives aren’t what yours are.”

Williams said organized fraud groups often use templates for their messages, which sometimes can be found via Internet searches. An example can be seen on RomanceScam.com, CBC News noted.

Ontario’s Ministry of Consumer Services, among other places, offers hints on how spot potential online dating scams.

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