Police seeking Grindr fraudster accused of stealing thousands of dollars from Metro Vancouver men

Police seeking Grindr fraudster accused of stealing thousands of dollars from Metro Vancouver men

Christian Michael Lee Richardson has been charged with fraud, theft offences April 23,2018 (Courtesy of CBC.ca) – West Vancouver police have issued an arrest warrant for a suspect accused of defrauding men he met on a dating app. Christian Michael Lee Richardson, 39, is accused of using fake cheques to steal more than $3,000 from two Metro Vancouver men late last year. Police said he connected with at least two victims on the Grindr app. The men…

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Halton police issue warning after woman loses $1.2M in romance scam

Halton police issue warning after woman loses $1.2M in romance scam

March 13,2018 (Courtesy of Citynews.ca) – Halton regional police have issued a public warning about a so-called ‘romance scam’ after a woman came forward saying she was bilked out of more than $1.2 million. Police say the suspect could be anywhere in the world and they’re urging anyone who may have been victimized to come forward. “Even the most experienced people can be manipulated by these professionals,” Halton police said in a release. Police say…

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Online love scams: How to spot the warning signs

Online love scams: How to spot the warning signs

March 13, 2018 (courtesy of CBC.ca) –  As romance scams continue to rake in cash from trusting British Columbians looking for love, a consumer advocate is offering advice on how to protect yourself on dating websites. “This is obviously a huge problem,” said Evan Kelly, Senior Communications Advisor for the Better Business Bureau for Mainland B.C. “We’ve had many cases here in British Columbia alone where we’re heard of women in particular … give away over $200,000, all up, before it…

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RCMP looking for more victims after B.C. man charged with ‘romance fraud’

RCMP looking for more victims after B.C. man charged with ‘romance fraud’

Reza Moeinian, 37, is accused of dating victims for months, gaining trust and then scamming them March 8, 2018 (courtesy of CBC.ca) – A Maple Ridge, B.C., man has been charged with faking relationships to steal thousands from a number of people — and RCMP say there may be more victims. Reza Moeinian, 37, allegedly dated victims for months to gain their trust and build “a deep romantic” bond under a fake name and a fake title…

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Accused online dating fraudster arrested on Vancouver Island

Accused online dating fraudster arrested on Vancouver Island

Jordan Shepherd, 34, allegedly swindled women out of thousands through social media and Plenty of Fish March 2,2018 (Courtesy of CBC.ca) A Vancouver Island man accused of defrauding women for money through online dating has been arrested. Jordan Shepherd, 34, was wanted in connection with alleged frauds in Nanaimo, Ladysmith and New Westminster. RCMP arrested him after they found him sleeping in a car outside a motel in Nanaimo early Thursday morning. RCMP said he’s accused of using social…

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Woman Conned Out Of $30K In Romance Scam, Toronto area duo are wanted on charges of fraud

Woman Conned Out Of $30K In Romance Scam, Toronto area duo are wanted on charges of fraud

Police in St. Thomas are asking for help in the search for two suspects after a woman was cheated out of $30,000 in an online scam. The Toronto-area man and woman are wanted on charges of fraud. Police say the victim was lured into an online relationship and then asked for large sums of money, which she sent. “The romance or love scammers prey on emotionally vulnerable people over internet dating sites,” St. Thomas police…

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Norfolk woman defrauded out of $220,000 after falling victim to romance scam

Norfolk woman defrauded out of $220,000 after falling victim to romance scam

A Norfolk woman has been defrauded out of $220,000 after falling victim to a romance scam, after meeting a man online. Meeting the man through social media he requested funds from the woman to deal with some emergencies and funds to cover taxes for the $1 million he planned to send to her. From July 2017 to November 9, 2017, the woman sent the man an estimated $220,000. On Thursday, the woman contacted the Norfolk…

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OPP charge Ottawa couple with defrauding victims out of $100,000 or more

OPP charge Ottawa couple with defrauding victims out of $100,000 or more

The OPP have laid fraud charges against a couple from Ottawa, in connection with a confidence scam officers say defrauded residents of the Sharbot Lake area from as much as $100,000. Officers allege that the couple claimed to have political connections, using this thread to influence, engage and establish trust with victims or scam their victims into giving them money. Gipse Julio Ricardo Villas, 67, otherwise known as Guilio Villas, and his wife Jessica Lous…

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Toronto man, Nick Cvetas, charged with four counts of fraud over $5,000

Toronto man, Nick Cvetas, charged with four counts of fraud over $5,000

A Toronto area man has been charged with four counts of fraud over $5,000, after taking advantage of an elderly relative. Toronto police allege that, Nick Cvetas, 49, was entrusted with an elderly relative bank account to help her pay certain bills and manage her finances. But unbeknownst to her Cvetas, between Dec. 1, 2015 and Feb. 5, 2016, allegedly withdrew large sums of money from her account on four different occasions. “Once she became…

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North Bay woman loses $32,000 in dating scam

North Bay woman loses $32,000 in dating scam

North Bay, Ont. police have charged two Edmonton men with fraud over $5,000 after a North Bay woman was scammed out of $32,000. Police say the woman began talking to one of the men on an online dating site in March. The man later asked the woman to send him money transfers because he was out of the country. Oladeji Ademola, 26, and 25-year-old Oumide Richard Adeyemo are each facing a charge of fraud over…

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