If you think you're a victim of a scam, contact you local police department.If you think Money Gram was used, you can contact the company at 1-800-666-3947.
In total, the province's 56 victims lost .6 million.
After winning your heart, crooks focus on your money. Money Gram is fighting back after getting caught in the middle. It was just very disturbing to see that somebody could do that much work to get you hooked," she tells us.
Susan Shasshaty was nearly a victim of an increasingly familiar dating scam, someone you meet online asks for money. Money Gram seems to be the business of choice for these crooks to collect.
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Identity theft is no laughing matter — prevention involves knowing what measures to take and putting those measures into action.
It's not a total victory for the criminals, Money Gram is actually able to prevent some of the scams and return millions of dollars, but in order to do it, they need help and say you have to report it.
"We also need to hear from the victim to understand how the scam works and the social engineering.
In other words, how they get into the victim's head and convince them to give up their hard earned money," Caddigan says.
Here are some helpful tips: Be on the lookout for grammatical errors, many of these scammers are overseas.
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RCMP outline a number of red flags to be aware of, such as someone claiming to live in your city or town but is travelling abroad; expressing strong feelings in a very short period of time; making excuses to not meet in person; and asking for money.