Ro­mance proves costly for Nor­folk woman

The Delhi News-Record - - FRONT PAGE -

Af­ter a Nor­folk woman was bilked of more than $40,000, Nor­folk OPP are again warn­ing the pub­lic to learn the signs of a scam.

The po­lice said they were con­tacted Nov. 1 by a woman ex­plain­ing she had met a man through a so­cial me­dia web­site and es­tab­lished an on­line re­la­tion­ship with him.

While cor­re­spond­ing with each other, he gave de­tails of his his­tory and em­ploy­ment sta­tus.

He then ex­plained an emer­gency had oc­curred and then other emer­gen­cies hap­pened.

Po­lice said the woman for­warded funds through dif­fer­ent trans­ac­tions, to­talling more than $40,000.

The po­lice note that it’s of­ten sin­gle or re­cently sin­gle fe­males who are in the grow­ing num­ber of vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple vic­tim­ized through fraud, of­ten as­so­ci­ated with email blasts, so­cial me­dia sites like Face­book, Twit­ter and Pin­ter­est and dat­ing web­sites.

Money trans­fers through a ro­mance or dat­ing scam is one of the most preva­lent forms of the fraud, cost­ing some vic­tims up to hun­dreds of thou­sands of dol­lars be­fore the re­la­tion­ship ends.

“It’s not al­ways easy to spot scams and new ones are in­vented ev­ery day,” said Const. Ed Sanchuk in a Nor­folk OPP news re­lease about the fraud.

“If you want to stay on top of scams, in­form your­self on how to rec­og­nize the var­i­ous types of scams.”

Sanchuk sug­gests get­ting some in­de­pen­dent ad­vice from a fam­ily mem­ber or trusted friend if any of­fer on the In­ter­net in­volves money, per­sonal in­for­ma­tion, time or com­mit­ment.

As to ro­mance scams, Sanchuk urges peo­ple to ques­tion whether some­one they’ve never met would de­clare their love af­ter just a few let­ters or emails.

Other tips are:

• Don’t give out per­sonal in­for­ma­tion on­line but check de­tails some­one else is shar­ing like com­pany names or ad­dresses used and ask “Is this nor­mal?”

• Don’t send money or give credit card or ac­count de­tails to any­one you don’t trust. A re­quest to send money to a for­eign coun­try us­ing Western Union or MoneyGram to some­one you’ve never met in per­son should raise red flags. Ex­am­ine web­site ad­dresses.

• Scam­mers of­ten use sites with very sim­i­lar ad­dresses to le­git­i­mate dat­ing web­sites. Stick with rep­utable dat­ing sites.

For more in­for­ma­tion, go to www.opp.ca, the Cana­dian An­tiFraud Cen­tre at www.an­tifraud­cen­tre.ca or call the cen­tre at 1-888-495-8501.

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