January 13, 2016 1:18 pm

Dating scams luring victims

Regina Police are warning the public about online dating scams where con artists convince victims to send them large amounts of money.

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REGINA – The dating world is complicated and Regina Police want to make sure people searching for love don’t get scammed out of their hard earned money.

Police say con artists can be found on any dating website and over the years, many people – mostly women – have become victims.

These victims may send hundreds of thousands of dollars overseas, cash in their life savings, or sell their home to further the relationship, but never see the money or suspect again.

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To get the money, the suspect will sometimes tell the victim they need the money to come and meet them. Another reason the suspect will use to get money may be a business venture in another country.

Suspects may get a middleman to take the money in Canada if a victim is not comfortable sending money internationally. That person will then redirect the money overseas. Victims may also think they are working for a legitimate business or company.

People using dating website are reminded to never send a person money, especially if they say they are outside the country.

Other tips from the police include ignoring people from other countries, and using the secure email system offered on dating websites. Avoid sharing contact information until you get to know the person and want to meet them outside of the website.

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