"They are true vultures, preying on vulnerable people." Only between 1 and 5 per cent of fraud cases are reported to authorities, according to Williams.He said anyone who believes they have been defrauded is advised to contact police to help prevent future cases.Canadians lost millions of dollars last year through online dating scams, and Quebecers were no exception.Daniel Williams, a supervisor with the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre, said more than 140 Quebecers have reported online dating fraud since Jan. One Laval resident who spoke with CBC’s Thomas Daigle, said she lost tens of thousands of dollars when she was defrauded by a person she met through the dating website Lavalife. He told you stories, little by little, he told me he had investments and also he told me he adopted a son." But then her online sweetheart started asking for money to help his son pay for bills.There's not much the company can do to stop that.However, certain aspects of my experience make me wonder if the company itself is on the up and up. “You’ve got casually driven sites like Plenty of Fish and Grindr, which feed the hook-up culture.
Hamilton police Detective Sergeant Wendy Vallesi said the fraudsters often express strong emotions of love and promises of marriage, but then spin a hard luck story in which they need money, causing some of the victims to even go into debt.This features a summary of you and all your individual stats (age, height, weight, education, marital status), what makes you unique and what you’re looking for in a mate.You will also need to add a recent photo(s) of yourself.Williams says the most vulnerable seem to be those who were once in a long-term relationship, but whose partner left them or died.They are newbies to dating sites and predators can quickly and easily detect how vulnerable they are. This came about, as it often does, as a result of being introduced through friends.