#romancescams | Scam Victims Urged to Report to Police Immediately


Provincial police are urging anyone who has fallen victim to a scam or fraud, to report it to police immediately.

According to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre, Canadians have lost more than $43 million so far this year to cybercriminals.

The centre says the criminals continue to use traditional frauds and scams, such as phishing, service and romance scams to gain money from their victims.

Police say the romance scam is one of the most under-reported scams and caused 776 victims to lose $23 million last year. But the actual number of victims is likely greater, as police estimate that 95-percent of these crimes go unreported, partially due to embarrassment on the part of the victim.

Investigators say that every report helps them identify the current types of scams and frauds, while informing proactive criminal prevention programs.

Victims of a scam should work to gather all records and correspondence with the scammer, notify financial institutions that accounts may be affected, change passwords to accounts, including social media and update any computer security software.



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