A Nova Scotia woman is one of the latest victims to fall for an elaborate online scam that targets the heartstrings of Canadians looking for love. It’s called the romance scam, and in the case of Lynda McLean Simmons, she was convinced she was going to marry a wealthy businessman named Henry Rosenthal Steinway Junior.
$16.3 million to romance fraudsters
According to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre, the Romance Scam nets more money than any other active scam. In 2015 alone, 636 Canadians gave more than $16.3 million to fraudsters.
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.