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Online dating scams, such as the one which cost an elderly Nanaimo woman 0,000, came in second on the BBB's top 10 scams of 2016 list.

“It's heartbreaking, it's devastating,” local seniors advocate Kim Slater said.

The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC) is the central agency in Canada that collects information and criminal intelligence on such matters as mass marketing fraud (e.g., telemarketing), advance fee fraud (e.g., West African letters), Internet fraud and identification theft complaints.

If you believe you were a victim of fraud and you made a wire transfer through Western Union between January 1, 2004 and January 19, 2017 you may be eligible to recovery some of your money.

“But it's a story that's being repeated too often.” Telephone scams are a major component of the various fraud cases listed by the BBB.

In August, 2016 a sophisticated phone scam came to the attention of Oceanside RCMP where residents were contacted by people posing as the police telling them there was a warrant out for their arrest over unpaid taxes or immigration issues. Jesse Forman said the initial calls were a way to get personal information from victims.

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