A North Vancouver woman was bilked out of $27,000 after she sent money to a man she met on an online dating site. RCMP said the man claimed to be living in another country and needed the money to help with legal fees. He promised to pay her back when he returned to Canada, but disappeared. Money transactions are hard to trace and prosecution is difficult. Online predators use fake photos, resumes and life stories to gain a victim’s trust. Once a relationship is built, they will ask for money.
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Marina Burghard writes for Canadian Fraud News about fraud-related cases, whistleblower, jurisdiction, identity theft, consumer protection, etc. – essentially about scams and how to protect yourself against this kind of fraudulent criminal behavior. She holds a Master’s degree in Political Science where her interest in criminology grew. Besides fraud, Marina’s scientific interest lies in terrorism, extremism and how to deal with it as a society.