"It's devastating, some of them have lost all their savings... "The victims are basically falling for that person, they have some type of affection going on, and the scammers take advantage of that," he said.
"We've all fallen in love, we know the high when we think we've found the person that we've been looking for, and from there we can become very vulnerable." Many are reluctant to report the crime, out of embarrassment or -- in the case of older people -- out of fear that they will lose independence as concerned family members step in, he said.
"People have elaborate laundry lists of qualities they think they want in a partner, and they like online dating profiles that fit this laundry list," Eastwick said.
Romance may be in the air on Valentine's Day, but RCMP say those looking for love online need to protect their wallets as well as their hearts.
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