ROMANCE SCAMS: Recognize, Reject, Report It!

RCMP Romance Scam Bulletin:  February 2018

A Romance Scam involves any individual with false romantic intentions toward a victim in order to gain their trust and affection for the purpose of obtaining the victim’s money or access to their bank accounts or credit cards. In some cases, the suspect will even attempt to get the victim to commit fraud on their behalf – as a money mule (accepting, then transferring money or goods) often unknowingly. Most romance scams begin via social media sites or online dating sites.

  • 1066 complaints filed in 2017
  • 70% of the complaints were by people aged 40-70
  • $17M+ in reported losses in 2017


How can I protect myself or loved one?

  • Be suspicious of someone you haven’t met in person who professes their love
  • Be wary when someone you met on social media quickly wants to move to private mode ie email, text
  • If you try to set up an in person meeting, be suspicious if they alway have an excuse to not meet
  • If you actually set up a meeting, tell family or friends when and where you are going and meet in a local, public place
  • Do not share personal or financial information with anyone you meet online
  • Never send intimate photos or video of yourself. Could be used as blackmail
  • Be cautious of a person who says they live close to you but is working overseas
  • Never send money for any reason. Scammer will profess emergency or distress to make you feel guilty but DO NOT send money
  • Never accept money. This is usually a form of money laundering and is a criminal offence
  • If you suspect a loved one is being scammed, explain your concerns and help them get out of the situation


  • Do an image search of the admirer to see if it is a stock or someone else’s photo
  • Look for inconsistencies in online profile vs what they tell you
  • Watch for poorly written or vague messages
  • If you have transferred money, stop the transaction if possible.


  • If you did send money, report it to the financial institution
  • Gather all information pertaining to the situation, including scammer’s profile name, how contacted, social media screenshots, email, etc and contact local police
  • File a report with CAFC toll-free 1-888-495-8501 or
  • Notify the site provider where you made contact
  • Notify neighbours, friends and family of the scam

Meeting new People online?  PROTECT YOURSELF!

  • Typical Victim: Aged 50-69, 60% women
  • How They Meet: Social networking, Online forums
  • Scams Stats: 1066 scams reported in 2017, only about 5% of all victims report to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre

Additional guidelines can be found at:

Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre:

Get Cyber Safe:

Competition Bureau (Little Black Book of Scams)


HSSI had yet another very successful Christmas Craft Sale.  It was an enjoyable, busy 2 days with lots of attendees.  We are so proud of our Craft Sale Committee members and all volunteers for their dedication to this event and their community.


There are Many Benefits from Physical Activity


Benefits increase as physical activity increases

If you are not very active and you start increasing your physical activity, you will start to see benefits in 4-12 weeks.

Start slowly and gradually build up.

Physical activity does not have to be hard to improve your health.

Take a look at the benefits you can achieve from physical activity.

Benefits when starting out:

  • Meet new people
  • Feel more relaxed
  • Sleep better
  • Have more fun

Benefits from regular physical activity:

  • Continued independent living
  • Better physical and mental health
  • Improved quality of life
  • More energy
  • Move with fewer aches and pains
  • Better posture and balance
  • Improved self-esteem
  • Weight maintenance
  • Stronger muscles and bones
  • Relaxation and reduced stress

Research tells us that being active reduces the risk of:

  • Heart disease
  • Falls and injuries
  • Obesity
  • High blood pressure
  • Adults-onset diabetes
  • Osteoporosis
  • Stroke
  • Depression
  • Colon cancer
  • Premature death

(Canada’s Physical Activity Guide to Healthy Active Living for Older Adults)

Handy information at:

Why Should I Be Active?

Maintain your health and independence as you age

Physical activity is one of the most important things you can do to maintain your physical and mental health and quality of life as you get older.  Walking, stretching, and keep your muscles in good condition will help you maintain your independence.

Physical inactivity makes your body age faster

Independent living depends on being able to do the things you want to do when you want to do them.  To stay independent, you need to be able to reach, bend, lift, carry and move around easily.  Staying physically active will help you to keep moving and stay strong.

Think about these facts:

  • 60% of older adults are inactive
  • Sitting or lying for long periods is a serious health risk (World Health Organization)
  • Inactivity leads to decline in: bone & muscle strength, heart & lung fitness, flexibility
  • Inactivity is as harmful to your health as smoking

Get active in your own way

  • at home
  • in your community
  • with friends
  • on the way to and from activities

……….that’s active living!

Fidget Spinners: Nothing New Here

True words! When you lose yourself in knitting, stressors of the day drop away.