The romance scam has struck again.
From January to March, police say a local woman was duped out of $5,200 by a scammer posing as a potential partner.
The woman met the suspect through an online dating website, and after corresponding the suspect claimed to be dealing with several emergencies.
The victim transferred the scammer $5,200 between January and March.
Romance scams often victimize recently unattached people, especially women, noted OPP Const. Ed Sanchuk.
He advises anyone using online dating sites to not volunteer their personal information or send money to someone they don’t know save for their screen name.
“It’s not always easy to spot scams, and new ones are invented every day,” Sanchuk said.
“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 at antifraudcentre.ca, or other reputable organizations.”