Although they never met in person, Rosanna and Marc e-mailed and spoke on the phone for months.Marc said he was planning to move to Hamilton, Ontario from Florida and he wanted Rosanna to be part of his new life in Canada.
“You sound exactly like a woman I would love to get along with.
At first Marc Campbell declined Rosanna’s offer but eventually he relented, promising to repay the money she advanced. It wasn’t until weeks later that she found out that it was all a con – her money had vanished along with Marc Campbell.
“I was mortified.” Rosanna told W5’s Sandie Rinaldo. According to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre, romance fraud is the number one scam in Canada in terms of dollars lost.
She has found that there are many misconceptions and stereotypes about who romance fraud victims and warns that anyone can fall victim to these schemes, regardless of their socioeconomic status.
“Some of these victims are doctors, engineers, lawyers, business women, teachers and I think any one of us with the right kinds of persuasion, persuasive strategies utilized against us could be a victim,” she told W5 in an interview.
You can flirt without the awkwardness of seeing someone face to face and if there is no love spark, you can hit delete and carry on. Many of us know couples who met online and went on to have meaningful relationship.