$100,000 Lost In Romance Scam
Two people in the Parry Sound area have been defrauded of over $100,000. OPP are continuing to receive reports of people falling for scams and frauds. In the last week, members of the West Parry Sound OPP were notified of two Romance Scams in the area.
The scams involved the victims and fraudster meeting through a social networking site. The two victims from the Parry Sound area sent over $100,000.00 to cover the costs of flights, pay hospital bills or to get someone out of prison.
Police say fraudsters gain the trust of the victims over time, through displays of affection to build trust. Eventually the scammer wants to meet the victim in person. It is at this time that the fraudster advised that they can't afford to travel and will seek assistance from the victim in covering costs.
Other variations could include the fraudster presenting situations of emergency, such as a sick family member, being incarcerated. Fraudsters may request payment via money service businesses (Western Union), pre‐paid cards/gift cards (iTunes) or bitcoin.
Police say that if you or someone you know has been a victim of fraud, please contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or the Canadian Anti‐Fraud Centre at www.antifraudcentre.ca