CALGARY – If you use dating apps, Calgary police want to help you find true love instead of falling victim to a scam.
Fraud on apps like Tinder, Bumble, Grindr, and Hinge is one of the fastest-growing kinds in North America.
“[Scammers] take advantage of people who only are looking for companionship and they pull on their heartstrings and people think these new relationships they’ve made are promising. And they know they can pounce on that,” explained Staff Sgt. of the Economic Crimes Unit Geoff Gawlinski.
Some fraudsters will win your trust, then ask you to send money for a made-up emergency.
Other times, Gawlinski says sometimes your match might claim to be an expert in something many of us don’t know much about, like cryptocurrency.
“Cryptocurrency as a medium to obtain funds in Calgary, roughly, we’re seeing that about 10 to 20 per cent of the time but it is a trend that has been increasing.”
He says beware of people who ask you to chat off the app.
“Normally, people will ask to go off-site and you know text in a regular fashion but if they do it very quickly, then that should also be, you know, kind of a warning sign,” Gawlinski shared.
Gawlinski says while it is difficult to get your money back in these scams, you should still report them to police.