A Hamilton man faces charges in connection with a ‘romance scam.’
On Sept. 27, Halton Regional Police Service fraud unit detectives made an arrest following an investigation into an alleged 16-month online courtship. The victim, a woman from Oakville, was reportedly defrauded of a significant amount of money due to the alleged actions of a man.
Paulo Egbobawaye, 35, of Hamilton was charged with the following:
• Fraud over $5,000
• Identity fraud
• Possession of property obtained by crime
• Laundering proceeds of crime
• Breach of probation
He’ll appear in Milton Court on Oct. 30.
Police are reminding residents to be cautious of online and often fictitious individuals on legitimate dating sites whose ability to travel or meet in person is limited. In many cases, the individual will claim to be from North America but currently living or working abroad and therefore unable to meet in person.
Once the relationship grows stronger the individual will claim some form of hardship that requires the transfer of funds to them, often by wire transfer.
• Never send money or e-transfers to someone you have never met.
• Check your facts and do your research; do not accept cheques for cashing on someone else’s behalf.
• If in doubt, seek some help or advice. A sober second look at a situation from a trusted outsider, can often provide clarity and insight.
For additional information on this and many other prevalent scams, refer to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre website at www.antifraudcentre.ca.
Anyone with information regarding this investigation or who may be the victim of another Romance Scam please contact Detective Const. Sarah Rudall of Regional Fraud Bureau at 905-825-4747 ext. 8742.
Tips can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers “See something? Hear something? Know something? Contact Crime Stoppers” at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca.