Valentine’s Day is considered the most romantic day of the year, but the OPP is taking the opportunity to warn about romance scams.
The Canadian Anti-Fraud Center says last year, there were over $59 million lost due to romance scams in Canada, and $20 million of those losses were in Ontario.
The OPP says the losses are in addition to the mental health trauma of being scammed.
Also, there has be a rise in scams losses in Canada.
Last year alone, $530 million was lost by victims.
That’s a 40 percent increase from the year before.
The Canadian Anti-Fraud Center adds that only 5 to 10 percent of people report being the victim of a scam.