Fintrac: Operational alert: Laundering of the proceeds of romance fraud


April 11 2019

Romance fraud involves perpetrators expressing false romantic intentions toward victims to gain and then take advantage of their trust and affection in order to access their cash, bank accounts and credit cards. The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre has found that romance fraud victims account for some of the highest dollar losses per year from mass marketing frauds in Canada. However, romance fraud is one of the lowest reported types of mass marketing fraud, because victims can be ashamed to come forward, or may be unaware or unwilling to accept that they are a victim.

The laundering of the proceeds of romance fraud largely resembles that of other types of mass marketing fraud.