They do this by taking on a persona shaped to what a potential victim says they’re looking for, along with waiting as many as nine to 10 months before bringing up money.They will even arrange to meet in person if the reward is high enough, Williams added."They can afford to have the money come in many months later because there's a stream of money coming in all the time," said Williams.
While that man eventually went to jail, the victim's money was gone for good.
The anti-fraud centre said 269 Ontarians have reported online dating fraud so far this year, with 177 losing some money.
That means 92 people caught on to the fraud before they lost anything.
In Quebec, 471 people have reported such fraud in 2013 — 319 of who were victims.
Burns said one type of fraudster is someone who raises warning flags right away.
"If you can't get that person to meet face to face, if you start to get excuses as to why that can't happen, I think that should be a bit of a red flag," she said.
"If the person starts talking about money issues inappropriately early in the relationship, I think that should be an indicator perhaps this person’s motives aren't what yours are." ).
That way, you can tip yourself off if someone has come across that person or group before.
shows as much as a third of Americans married since 2005 had met online.