An Edmonton man is up on charges in connection to a romance scam that may have fleeced an Orillia resident out of about twenty-five grand.
An investigation kicked off in April of 2017 after the OPP were tipped off about a suspected fraud in which a victim sent $25,000 to a fraudster. A lengthy investigation pointed to a 35-year-old Edmonton man, also suspected of perpetrating similar scams across Ontario. He has a Christmas Eve court date in Orillia.
The Better Business Bureau claims that Canadians have lost $22.5 million to romance scams in 2018, while it is suspected that number could be 20 times higher as most victims don’t report their losses.
With more people turning to the internet to find romantic connections here are some tips that can help you recognize it’s a scam and not love:
- The suitor is significantly younger than you.
- The person lives in a war-torn country, overseas or works out of the country.
- They have many excuses to not video chat or meet in person.
- The relationship is moving very fast.
- They ask for money.
- They use threats of violence to get what they want.
- They want the money sent Western Union.
- It seems too good to be true.
If you are in a situation in which you feel you were the victim of fraud please contact the Ontario Provincial Police at 1-888-310-1122 or your local police service. For more information on how to recognize the signs of frauds please visit opp.ca or http://www.antifraudcentre.ca