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Romance Scam

Scammers take advantage of people looking for romantic partners.

How it works

Scammers most commonly use email, social media sites, and dating websites to set up a fake profile and pretend to be looking for a companion. They will express strong feelings for you very soon after you begin talking, so they can form a fast relationship and gain your trust. Usually the scammer will tell you they need money for some kind of personal or medical emergency, to help pay their bills, or for travel expenses to come visit you. But really there is no emergency, and they will make up an excuse why they can’t come visit you.

How to protect yourself

Never send money or give credit card details, online account details, or copies of important personal documents to someone you’ve just met online.

How to report it

If you suspect you’re a victim of a romance scam, or attempted romance scam, complete the FCNB Submit a Complaint form, contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre, and your local police or RCMP.

FCNB administers and enforces legislation in the mortgage brokers, payday lenders, real estate, securities, insurance, pensions, credit unions, trust and loan companies, cooperatives, and a wide range of other consumer legislation. If your complaint relates to an area outside of FCNB’s regulated areas, we may refer you to the appropriate reporting agency or organization.