A Norfolk woman has been defrauded out of $220,000 after falling victim to a romance scam, after meeting a man online.
Meeting the man through social media he requested funds from the woman to deal with some emergencies and funds to cover taxes for the $1 million he planned to send to her. From July 2017 to November 9, 2017, the woman sent the man an estimated $220,000.
On Thursday, the woman contacted the Norfolk police on Thursday to report the fraud that she had been apart of.
Police are once again reminding the public to be cautious when making contact with people online, especially when money is requested.
“It’s not always easy to spot scams, and new ones are invented every day. Knowledge is power. If you want to stay on top of scams, inform yourself on how to recognize the various types of scams and protect your personal information by visiting law enforcement organizations’ websites, such as OPP.ca, the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (www.antifraudcentre.ca) or other reputable organizations,” Detective Sergeant Lisa Lambert of Norfolk OPP’s Crime Unit said in a media release.
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This story was summarized by Canadian Fraud News Inc.
Marina Burghard writes for Canadian Fraud News about fraud-related cases, whistleblower, jurisdiction, identity theft, consumer protection, etc. – essentially about scams and how to protect yourself against this kind of fraudulent criminal behavior. She holds a Master’s degree in Political Science where her interest in criminology grew. Besides fraud, Marina’s scientific interest lies in terrorism, extremism and how to deal with it as a society.