The RCMP encourages individuals looking for companionship through these websites to be cautious: be suspicious when someone you haven't met professes their love; be skeptical when chatting with an individual who claims to live nearby but is working overseas (this can be a set up so that they can later ask for money).
Scammers may also say they have an emergency, such as a sick family member and need help covering costs.
Most don't think it could happen to them, but fraudsters use sophisticated ways to target people of all ages.
The impact of fraud on individuals, families and businesses can be devastating.
They develop the relationship over an extended period of time, increasing their victim's trust.
Typically, the higher the trust level, the more money lost.
The CAFC plays a crucial role in educating the public about scams and fraud.