Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Vancouver Police Urge Caution to Those Seeking Love through Online Dating

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Vancouver Police Urge Caution to Those Seeking Love through Online Dating

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Safety urged when dating online: Vancouver police

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Vancouver Police have launched a campaign aimed at improving the safety of anyone seeking a relationship through online dating.

It includes information on how to reduce the likelihood of becoming a victim of assault or fraud.

Det. Const. Michelle Grandbois says horror stories of dates gone wrong are increasingly common as the popularity of online dating grows, and police believe the majority of victims never come forward.

She is urging victims to speak to police so they can access resources and also help prevent others from being targeted by the same predators.

Grandbois says victims who have come forward include a 46-year-old woman who woke up after a first date without her clothes and no recollection of the night before, and a 28-year-old woman who was sexually assaulted after she invited a man for tea. …

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