A Sudbury, Ont. woman was threatened by a man she met online after refusing to send him $15,000.
Within days of meeting on Plenty of Fish, a dating website, the man professed his love to the victim.
“I was naive, not thinking straight,” she said.
The man said he has a daughter studying in the United States and that he’s working on a project in Turkey. The two only spoke for a few weeks when he started asking her for monetary favours.
At first, he asked her for a $100 iTunes gift card, and a few days later, she bought him a new laptop for work.
Finally, he asked her for $15,000 to help save a work project, or else he said he would lose a contract worth millions.
After saying no, “he threatened myself, my daughters, my grandchildren and that’s when I decided I’d better go to the police.” The man told the woman, “you’ve made the biggest mistake, and you know how.”
The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre says that romance scams were one of their most reported in 2016.
Jessica Gunson, the call centre and intake manager, says romance scams cost Canadians more than $20 million in 2016.
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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.