Romance Scammers Ripped Off $59 Million in 2022: You Can Outsmart Them With These Tips

Romance scams are among the most common scams out there, ripping off Canadians over $59 million of their hard-earned money in 2022, with Ontarians alone losing $20 million. 

Romance scammers exploit technology to establish virtual relationships, ultimately seeking money for fabricated travel or medical emergencies. 

A concerning trend involves fraudsters initiating conversations with random text messages seeking to establish fake relationships. 

With scammers inventing new tricks to riff off your hard-earned money, it only makes sense for you to arm yourself with proactive measures. 

Below are some of the most popular tips to protect yourself from romance scammers.

  1. Never share personal information online.
  2. Be cautious about accepting friend requests from strangers.
  3. Avoid investing in unknown platforms or individuals.
  4. Refrain from sharing images with untrusted sources.
  5. Be wary of responding to texts from unfamiliar numbers.
  6. Never send money to someone you haven’t met in person. 

⚠️Report scams to local law enforcement and the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.
Source: CTV News

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