We talked about everything under the sun – families, relationships, hobbies, interests, pets, our past.I completely trusted him.'Mrs Fowkes only realised something was wrong when police turned up on her doorstep in November 2010.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.She said the site has had more than 30,000 members since its start in June 2005.The number of broken hearts aside, romance fraud costs victims millions of dollars each year.He offers these six tips to help you avoid being taken in.According to 2016 figures released by the RCMP, some 748 victims in Canada lost a total of about million to online romance scams," Crandall said — about ,000 per person.
"If you're with someone and the relationship is progressing a little bit faster than it normally would, you always have to be skeptical," Crandall said.
"The same principles can apply in real life," Crandall said.
Although people tend to worry more about getting ripped off by Tinder or Plenty of Fish dates, real-life romance scams are "very prevalent," Crandall said.
But with the increased interest in Internet dating comes more people willing to prey on those looking for love online.
Barb Sluppick runs Romance Scams.org, a Web site dedicated to helping victims of romance fraud, like herself.