FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Vancouver, BC – Love makes us easy targets it would appear.Valentine’s Day is this month and that means online scammers will be doing everything they can to steal money from the lovelorn.
Senior citizens are often targeted for telephone and internet scams because seniors are more trusting, more likely to have good credit, and more likely to have savings than younger age groups.
People over the age of 50 control 70% of the nation’s wealth. Some senior citizens lack financial sophistication and/or haven’t kept up with the information age.
A recent story showed how a Nanaimo, BC senior lost over 100 thousand dollars to someone she thought was coming to Canada to marry her.
“Seniors can be very susceptible to this scam as they may be lonely and less familiar with these new online dating platforms and related scams,” adds Kelly.
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In 2016, consumers turned to BBB Serving Mainland B. more than 2 million times for Business Reviews and processed 7,500 complaints.quality=70&strip=all&w=300" data-large-file="https://shawglobalnews.files.wordpress.com/2018/05/research-leslie-ms.jpg? quality=70&strip=all&w=1024" / French President Emmanuel Macron met Monday with a migrant from Mali lauded as a hero for scaling an apartment building to save a young child dangling from a balcony " data-medium-file="https://shawglobalnews.files.wordpress.com/2018/05/bopo-e1527460757502.png?w=300" data-large-file="https://shawglobalnews.files.wordpress.com/2018/05/bopo-e1527460757502.png? w=650" / A search and rescue operation is under way for a 29-year-old woman who entered the St-Lawrence River from a CP rail bridge, Friday, October 13, 2017.“Many people won’t report the loss because they feel ashamed.” BBB offers these tips for spotting a catphisher: • The scammer is quick to request email and or phone number, or offer theirs in order to get the victim out of the dating site.• They claim to be using a relative’s account so they can’t access it and need to use regular email.• The ‘relationship’ moves fast; the scammer wants to earn your trust quickly.• Look for poor grammar and odd responses.• Look for very generic interests on the scammer’s profile with nothing specific cited, or very little information given.• There is always a reason you cannot meet in person; usually, they are out of the country.• Often they claim to be involved in a sudden ‘accident’ and need financial help.• If they ask for money you should walk away.• Don’t put too much personal information on your profile.• Do a Google search on a potential mate; do a reverse image search to see if their profile picture shows up anywhere else online.Common complaints about legitimate dating services include: • Failure to match clients with compatible singles.Many people fail to report being the victim of a scam because they are too embarrassed and/or they don’t know where to report the crime.