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Australia: Love scam victims in Gascoyne lose millions of dollars online

According to WA police major fraud squad operation began late last year and has since discovered hundreds of thousands of dollars has been sent from the Gascoyne. More than $1 million has been sent offshore from Geraldton alone in recent months. Read Article

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Canada: Laval woman loses $42,000 in online dating scam

According to, Canadians lost millions of dollars last year through online dating scams, and Quebecers were no exception. Daniel Williams, a supervisor with the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre, said more than 140 Quebecers have reported online dating fraud since Jan. 1, 2013. Read Article

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Bangkok, Thailand: 4 arrested for online romance scam reported that Thai police have arrested three Nigerian men and a Thai woman on charges of luring women into romantic relationships via Facebook and other social-networking websites and swindling them, news reports said Wednesday. Read Article

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Missoula, Montana: 57 years old man loses $23,000 to “Catfishing” scammer

According to a phenomenon called “catfishing,” pretending to be someone else on social media to lure a romantic prospect or even money, has been in the national spotlight this week after a college football player was possibly victim of a hoax.Reporter Cristy Aranguiz talked to a local man who became the victim of a [...]

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United States: Over 5,000 internet love/romance scams reported in 2011

More than 5,500 romance scams were reported to the Internet Crime Complaint Center in 2011, costing victims more than $50 million. On average, that was 15 complaints a day with reported losses of $138,000 per day.Read Article

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Police warn older men about ‘sweetheart scam’

Police in Chicago are warning people about a “sweetheart scam”, where younger women try to bilk older men for thousands of dollars by pretending to be their girlfriends. Read Article

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Neighbor’s Web romance worries friend

Dear Annie: My neighbor “Linda” has been single and lonely for years. A few months ago, she told me that she was communicating with a man she met on a personals website. Read Article

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Illinois woman arrested for love scam

A Galesburg woman has been arrested for allegedly defrauding at least 23 individuals across the country of at least $20,000 using Facebook and dating sites. Read Article

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Marine, victim of love scam

Imagine fighting for your country in a war zone. It’s lonely and dangerous and your computer is your only link to the outside world. The KING 5 Investigators have found that computer lifeline makes U.S. troops vulnerable to online scammers. We go inside a scam that targets military service members and find an Internet romance [...]

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