Woman loses $220,000 in scam

Simcoe Reformer - - NEWS -

a Nor­folk county woman is out about $220,000 af­ter fall­ing vic­tim to an on­line ro­mance scam.

The woman met a man through a so­cial me­dia web­site. The man re­quested funds from the woman to deal with some emer­gen­cies and to cover taxes for the $1 mil­lion he said he planned to send to her.

from July 2017 to Novem­ber 9, 2017, the woman sent the man an es­ti­mated $220,000.

The vic­tim con­tacted Nor­folk OPP on Thurs­day.

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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