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Saanich, BC – Detectives have arrested a man that used dating apps to swindle nearly $200,000 over the course of 3 years.

Saanich Police began to investigate a romance scam in the fall of 2019 which saw a man use various dating apps to connect with people with the intent to obtain money. He would seek individuals who, through deception and false information, provided him with financial assistance with the promise of him paying them back. Over the next three years, he continued this scheme and would limit contact with the victims once they asked for the money back.

Romance Scam

On June 19, 2023, Saanich Police arrested Brodie Brooks, 29, on 16 charges including fraud over $5,000, false pretence, fraud under $5,000 and impersonate a peace officer. Dozens of people were affected both personally and financially. Charges were sworn in court and he was later released on an order with several conditions. Brooks is prohibited from the use of online dating apps and from entering into any private loan agreement.

“This person was highly manipulative and deceptive in his scheme,” said Cst Markus Anastasiades. “While each case is unique, we encourage people never to send money to anyone they have only communicated with online or by phone.”

If you have information related to this investigation please contact the Saanich Police Department’s Major Crime Unit at [email protected]

Some additional tips regarding romance scams:

Never under any circumstance send money for any reason. The scammer will make it seem like an emergency, they may even express distress or anger to make you feel guilty but DO NOT send money. END THE CONVERSATION!

To gain your money, they say their funds are locked, they were in an accident, they have medical bills, have to pay government fees, have to pay a lawyer, have to pay their outstanding mortgage.

Should you be asked to accept money (e-transfer, cheque) or goods (usually electronics) for you to then transfer/send elsewhere.

Notify the dating website or social media site where you met the scammer. Scammers usually have more than one account.

Do not share personal (birthdate, address) or financial information with anyone you’ve only just met online or in person.

Never send intimate photos or videos of yourself. The scammer may try to use these to blackmail you into sending money.

Be proactive; tell family, friends, co-workers and neighbours about your experience to warn them about romance scams.

File 2022-5508

Saanich Police Service

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