The Ontario Provincial Police are informing the public to familiarize themselves with various scams after a Norfolk County resident was defrauded over $200,000 to an online dating scam.
The Norfolk County resident contacted police on Monday around 11:30 a.m. concerning the scam.
Officers say that the victim had been defrauded of over $200,000 between November of 2021, and January of 2023, after they started an online relationship.
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Investigators say several phone calls and emails were exchanged with details of the suspect’s history and employment status.
During the course of their relationship, several requests were made for money after the suspect claimed that they were having many emergencies and needed funds to solve their issues.
Regardless of age and gender, police urges the public to take basic steps to better protect themselves from becoming victims of fraud, such as never giving out personal information over the phone, the internet or through social media and dating websites.
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