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Instead of romance, Ellen says she lost her life savings, and more — over

And then she joined an online dating site, hoping to find some companionship.Instead of romance, Ellen says she lost her life savings, and more — over $1.3 million — seemingly taken by an online scam where villains prey on people looking for their perfect partner. COMWhy your online lover might look like Stephen Harper Ellen’s is a story that is hard to believe, and even more difficult to comprehend.

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And then she joined an online dating site, hoping to find some companionship.

Instead of romance, Ellen says she lost her life savings, and more — over $1.3 million — seemingly taken by an online scam where villains prey on people looking for their perfect partner. COMWhy your online lover might look like Stephen Harper Ellen’s is a story that is hard to believe, and even more difficult to comprehend.

Someone reluctant to speak on live video, claiming shyness or that they can’t find a camera, should be a red flag.2.

Profile Picture Test Professional photos are a red flag. Tip: Use a Google Goggles search on your phone to see if the photo they’ve shared with you can be spotted elsewhere online.

And the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre thinks only a small percentage of victims tell anyone what’s happened to them.

Behind the flowery words and promises of love, an investigation by CTV’s W5 and the Star has discovered, are criminal gangs, many in West Africa, running dozens of cons at once.“What we’re dealing with is organized crime,” says Daniel Williams of the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre. For the one person that contacts us about it, there are 15 who have not, and 30 who will be scammed in future.”This is how it works: A man or woman — both are at risk — signs on to a dating website. study, “at a very early stage the scammer declares their love for the victim,” and asks that they move off the dating website and onto another form of communication, such as instant messenger or private email. According to the University of Leicester study, and interviews with experts here in Canada, there are commonalities.

Look for any other descriptions that don’t add up to the profile photo.

Tip: Ask them to take a photo holding a unique phrase or their own name on it and send it to you.

.3 million — seemingly taken by an online scam where villains prey on people looking for their perfect partner. COMWhy your online lover might look like Stephen Harper Ellen’s is a story that is hard to believe, and even more difficult to comprehend.

Someone reluctant to speak on live video, claiming shyness or that they can’t find a camera, should be a red flag.2.

Profile Picture Test Professional photos are a red flag. Tip: Use a Google Goggles search on your phone to see if the photo they’ve shared with you can be spotted elsewhere online.

And the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre thinks only a small percentage of victims tell anyone what’s happened to them.

Behind the flowery words and promises of love, an investigation by CTV’s W5 and the Star has discovered, are criminal gangs, many in West Africa, running dozens of cons at once.“What we’re dealing with is organized crime,” says Daniel Williams of the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre. For the one person that contacts us about it, there are 15 who have not, and 30 who will be scammed in future.”This is how it works: A man or woman — both are at risk — signs on to a dating website. study, “at a very early stage the scammer declares their love for the victim,” and asks that they move off the dating website and onto another form of communication, such as instant messenger or private email. According to the University of Leicester study, and interviews with experts here in Canada, there are commonalities.

Look for any other descriptions that don’t add up to the profile photo.

Tip: Ask them to take a photo holding a unique phrase or their own name on it and send it to you.

After they establish some lovely correspondence with you, fall in love and maybe even send a couple of cheap presents, they will either: a) be almost on their way to meet you, but something will happen to them: they will get robbed, beaten, get into the hospital, or other misfortune will happen and of course you will be their only contact to ask for financial help, or: b) tell you that their employer pays them with Money Orders or checks, and they can't cash them in Nigeria.How could a mature, self-sufficient woman send such a huge sum of money to someone she never even met?She reported the loss to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre, and is now their biggest recorded victim of so-called romance fraud — a new take on the Nigerian email scam.There are less details, with little to no encounter on how they conceal behind attractive Filipina women photos.The primary tool they utilize to entice their lure is by using an extremely eye-catching Filipina photo.It’s easy for some of the smartest people to lose all sight of common sense when they’re being reeled in by a catfish: an online imposter who tries to win your sympathy — and your love — by creating an elaborate scheme.

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