Jennifer Quinn - News reporter, Robert Cribb - Foreign, Investigations, Staff Reporters, Toronto Star
2 days ago
Ellen was retired, living a comfortable life in a nice home in British Columbia. In the driveway was a luxury car, and her house was paid for.
And then she joined an online dating site, hoping to find some companionship.
Instead of romance, Ellen says she lost her life savings, and more — over $1.3 million — seemingly taken by an online scam where villains prey on people looking for their perfect partner.
Ellen’s is a story that is hard to believe, and even more difficult to comprehend. How could a mature, self-sufficient woman send such a huge sum of money to someone she never even met?
She reported the loss to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre, and is now their biggest recorded victim of so-called romance fraud — a new take on the Nigerian email scam.
Romance frauds are the most lucrative scam in Canada. Over the past four years, Canadians have reported losses of almost $50 million to authorities. And the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre thinks only a small percentage of victims tell anyone what’s happened to them.
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It struck me as I read this story that this is exactly what religion is. A promise of love, acceptance, and a special relationship with a highly desirable fictional person in return for money and obedience.