“I’ve gone through your profile so many times,” he wrote.“You sound exactly like a woman I would love to get along with.“What are the things that make you tick, your kind of emotional passwords to your heart,” said Polowek.
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.
One of the techniques Polowek has identified is something she calls “love bombing” where victims are smothered with displays of affection, charm and flattery.
And the scammers carefully tailor their e-mails to play to the victims’ values and interests.
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.