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Thursday, May 3, 2018

Romance Scam Hits Grey Highlands Man

Grey Highlands | by Kevin Bernard  

A man is out $5,000 after being scammed by a woman he met on instagram.

A warning is going out again from the OPP about the Romance Scam.

Grey County OPP say they learned of a fraud on Monday from a Grey Highlands man.

The victim sent $5000 in iTunes cards to a woman that he met on Instagram in January.

The money was supposedly to help pay for her education, but when she asked for another $11000 he became suspicious and learned he had been a victim of the Romance Scam.

OPP say usually this form of mass marketing fraud occurs through singles and dating-related 'meet' websites, social media platforms, or e-mail blasts.  

In some cases, prolonged interaction with individuals has cost some victims tens of thousands of dollars before the 'relationship' suddenly ends, usually without ever meeting in person.

The OPP and the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre have some tips to help you avoid becoming a victim of the Romance Scam.

  First, ask yourself - 'Would someone I have never met, really declare their love for me after only a few letters or emails?' If the answer is no, report it to police.

Don't give out any personal information in an email or when you are chatting online. Educate yourself. Check the person's name, the company name, and the addresses used.

Never send money, or give personal credit card or online account details to anyone you do not know and trust. A request to send money to a foreign country or to someone you have never personally met should be a red flag.

Check website addresses carefully. Scammers often set up fake websites with addresses that are very similar to legitimate dating websites.

If you or someone you know suspect they've been a victim of the Romance Scam, contact your local police service. You can also file a complaint through the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or online at https://www.tipsubmit.com/start.htm


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