Warning online dating

With more than 40 million men and women online looking for love, there are bound to be some scam artists out there.

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He offers these six tips to help you avoid being taken in.

According to 2016 figures released by the RCMP, some 748 victims in Canada lost a total of about million to online romance scams," Crandall said — about ,000 per person.

And while it may seem like common sense to "never, ever send money to someone that you just met," Crandall said, "for some people, when they've got those rose-coloured glasses, it's easy to forget that." Ditto: don't give out your personal or financial information — especially if your new "friend" requests it early on.

Your own behaviour, rather than your date's, can offer one of the biggest red flags that your relationship isn't trustworthy.

Let’s say you’re scrolling through profiles on a dating site and you spot a nice woman who you might like to date.

You send her a message, and she responds, saying she wants to get to know you! But behind the guise of that sweet-sounding woman may actually be a man — a cybercriminal who only wants to get your phone number to scam you.“Scammers will quickly interact with you, often showing you glamorous photos of themselves and gaining your trust.“But how do you know it is actually the person you are communication online with?"The same principles can apply in real life," Crandall said.Although people tend to worry more about getting ripped off by Tinder or Plenty of Fish dates, real-life romance scams are "very prevalent," Crandall said.The Parkweg police in Bloemfontein have urged the public to be vigilant of criminals targeting unsuspecting individuals who are looking for love online.