Online romance scams bilk Canadians out of almost $14M ter 2014

Witness ABOVE: A woman claims she wasgoed defrauded out of thousands of dollars after meeting a man online. Christina Stevens reports.

TORONTO – Te 2014 Canadians were bilked out of almost $14 million through online romance scams, according to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC).

The CAFC said the number is just the peak of the iceberg, spil many cases go unreported because victims are too ashamed to come forward.

One Toronto woman, who spoke to Integral News on the condition of anonymity, is telling hier story te the hopes of warning other women.

A few years after she wasgoed widowed, friends signed hier up for a duo of dating websites and she soon found a wonderful man who, she thought, understood hier anguish.

“He had a son, he wasgoed a [widower], his wifey died from breast cancer. He kept telling mij he loved mij,” the woman told Total News.

The man called himself Wynn McGowan, and sent hier pictures, claiming he wasgoed te the oil business. He said he wasgoed working ter South Africa and had complications accessing his money, so she talent him hier credit card number and commenced sending money.

Te the end, she sent about $Ten,000 including money she borrowed from relatives.

The con artist said he wasgoed coming to visit so she had hier hair and pokes done and even stocked hier fridge with food and drinks he said his son liked.

But the woman’s soul mate never showcased. Instead, someone called to say he’d bot ter a bad accident, and asked for money and that’s when she realized she had bot scammed.

The picture of the man claiming to be Wynn McGowan can also be found online under dozens of aliases. Toronto Police said the presente photo is most likely stolen from someone who is unaware.

“These suspects don’t have a conscience. There’s a loterijlot of psychology behind it and they certainly target victims who are ter a desvalido point te their life,” said Det. Alan Spratt who specializes te fraud.

He said con artists often run the scams internationally to make it even tighter for police to investigate. One of their cases presently involves a woman who lost $600,000 te a scam.

The woman who spoke to Total News warned others to be watchful.

“Once a fellow asks a woman for money, run for your life,” she said.

She said the treatment she got from police, made hier situation even more painful. Officers at hier locorregional division wouldn’t even take hier report, telling hier there wasgoed no crime because she talent the man hier money voluntarily.

The detectiveroman confirmed that wasgoed wrong, and has encouraged the woman to come forward again with hier complaint.

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