Ahh… romance. Ain’t it grand? When love is in the air, everything seems
a bit brighter… and often, people say goodbye to logic and
judgement! You see, Cupid has some cousins… and these
guys are not good guys. Some dating and romance scams work by setting
up dating web sites that make you pay for each email or message
you send and receive. Scammers will then attempt to keep you writing
back, and paying money for the use of the web site.
Even on a legitimate dating site, you might fall in love with a person from a far-away
country who happens to have a very convincing story
about a sick family member. As romance blossoms, the idea of sending them
money to help their situation just happens to pop up.
Others ask you to help them get out of the country they’re living in by sending a large
amount of money. Between the virtual hugs and kisses, they’ll
ask for your banking details… and your bank account – and your heart – will
be broken. When love is in the air… we’re vulnerable.
We want to believe the best about those we communicate with on line or even through letters.
But over and over again, it’s been proven that your romance will end up being all about
your money getting into the hands of someone who is definitely
not… your type. Check web site addresses carefully and make
sure the sites are legitimate. Never send money or give financial information
to anyone. Don’t let Cupid’s cousins break YOUR heart.
With love, from the Competition Bureau of Canada… and the Little Black Book of Scams.