Jul 08, 7: CBC A Nova Scotia woman is one of the latest victims to fall for an elaborate online scam that targets the heartstrings of Canadians looking for love. It's called the romance scam, and in the case of Lynda McLean Simmons, she was convinced she was going to marry a wealthy businessman named Henry Rosenthal Steinway Junior. She found the profile of her dreams on the popular dating site Plenty of Fish. Falling fast Within three weeks, they were planning a wedding.
She even picked out a dress. I loved him so much," McLean Simmons said. He wanted me to read them before I would start my day. The fraudster also supplied a fake copy of his flight itinerary. Soon after, the requests for money starting rolling in. Emptied bank account "One was the equipment broken in Dubai for the oil rig. The other was to unfreeze his bank account to get money for his ticket back to the U. The final payment was for the man to get a lawyer, she said. I'm still in Nova Scotia without an apartment, without furniture, without anything.
I don't know what I'm supposed to do. By then, she had sold everything she owned and emptied her bank account. I don't know what I'm supposed to do," McLean Simmons said. Daniel Williams, senior fraud specialist for the anti-fraud centre, points out that total only includes people who reported the crime.
He said in most cases, the scammers are a team of "master manipulators" who work around the clock to convince victims they're real people. Red flags The biggest red flag Williams warns people to watch out for is the elusive connection. Second, be aware of any unusual requests such as being asked to cash a cheque through your account or sending funds to a third party," she said.
When you provide personal information, you're giving the opportunity for someone to do identity theft. She said she would have given the man she thought she loved more money, if she'd had it. I'm not hearing from him, but it's almost like an addiction," she said. She has been with CBC for 10 years, as a reporter and producer in all three Maritime provinces.
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