Warning online dating
“Typically, the modus operandi of these criminals is that they target unsuspecting and vulnerable people who are [using] on-line dating.
They established a chatting platform and relationship with the victims and in a process lured them to exchange their nude pictures using [the] social media platform.” He added that after a while these criminals would then demand the victims to deposit a certain amount of money via money market transactions, failing which they threatened to circulate the victim`s nude pictures on social media platforms.
He offers these six tips to help you avoid being taken in.
It took physical effort and mental courage to walk up to someone and introduce oneself.We've all heard the cautionary tales about online dating.But scammers also use real-life romantic relationships for nefarious ends, according to Larry Crandall, a licensed insolvency trustee with Grant Thornton in Saint John.“Criminals have moved with the times and now are turning to clever ruses and use social media platform to solicit money from unsuspecting victims.This trend in the behaviour of criminals is alarming and the police are imploring the community to be more vigilant,” said Marope.