Police search for Tinder fraudster targeting Montreal women

Police search for Tinder fraudster targeting Montreal women

Montreal police are asking for the public’s help finding a suspect they believe is connected to a series of thefts and fraud arranged through Tinder. Police say the suspected fraud artist — who goes by the names of Hugo Guérin, Samuel Guérin and Valentin — meets his victims on dating websites and apps like Tinder and Badoo. The suspect tells women he is a newly arrived student in his early 20s and that he has…

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Thornhill man defrauded eHarmony matches

Thornhill man defrauded eHarmony matches

Toronto police fraud investigators say a 49-year-old man is in custody after allegedly taking money from romantic partners he met on the online dating site eHarmony and using it for his own purpose. Police say the man used an alias when he signed up for the site and started reaching out to potential victims. He allegedly told his matches that he could manage their money for them, but instead used it to “fund his own…

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Woman helps nab man wanted for fraud in four provinces

Woman helps nab man wanted for fraud in four provinces

A ruse concocted by a Central Saanich, B.C. woman helped police catch a man who allegedly bilked her out of almost $35,000 and was wanted for fraud in four provinces. Mohammed Ali Assaf, who has been wanted by police for years, was finally arrested in Calgary on May 26, thanks to a 29-year-old mother of two. The woman bought movie tickets for Assaf and then tipped off police so they could arrest him right in…

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Romance scam cheats Nanaimo woman out of her retirement

Romance scam cheats Nanaimo woman out of her retirement

A Nanaimo, B.C. woman was bilked $15,000 and forced to delay her retirement after falling victim to an online romance scam. The 67-year-old woman had received a Facebook message in January from a man identifying himself as Kevin Rand, according to Nanaimo RCMP. The man claimed to be an American military officer stationed in Turkey. After two months of increasingly personal conversations over the internet, Rand told the woman he was in love with her and proposed marriage….

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Bradford woman defrauded $10K through online romance scam

Bradford woman defrauded $10K through online romance scam

A Bradford, Ont. woman lost more than $10,000 to an online romance scam. The woman told South Simcoe police she met her online boyfriend through the dating site ‘Christian Mingle’. She reported they had corresponded multiple times via telephone and email in which he promised to come to Canada to visit her. The man convinced the woman to send a bank transfer of $10,000, and later continued to ask for money. Read more at The Barrie Examiner…

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Journalist believes the government helped sisters flee Nigeria before fraud trial

Journalist believes the government helped sisters flee Nigeria before fraud trial

A journalist is claiming the Canadian government helped two Toronto sisters flee Nigeria after failing to show up in court to face criminal charges of blackmailing Nigerian billionaires. Jyoti and Kiran Matharoo allegedly blackmailed several high-ranking Nigerian men, claiming they had evidence of affairs and engagements with prostitutes. Global Affairs issued a statement saying “consular services were provided for the Canadian citizens who had been detained…” but for privacy reasons no other details can be…

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Cyber breaches have cost shareholders billions: report

Cyber breaches have cost shareholders billions: report

Cyber security breaches permanently ruin companies’ share prices, with financials the worst hit, a study from IT consultant CGI and Oxford Economics has found. Severe cyber security breaches, including those with legal or regulatory consequences, cause share prices to fall on average 1.8 per cent on a permanent basis. “Financial services experience the greatest burden in terms of impact,” the report said, “reflecting the high levels of regulation, the importance of customer confidence and the…

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$1.5 million claimed in gold bars, likely a scam: Charlottetown police

$1.5 million claimed in gold bars, likely a scam: Charlottetown police

A Charlottetown, P.E.I, resident told police a Canadian soldier serving in the Ukraine promised her a share of $1.5 million in gold bars, the only catch was, he needed a bank account to put the money in. The targeted woman did not provide any personal banking information to the fraudster, whom she had met on a dating website. Read more at The Guardian This article is summarized by Canadian Fraud News Inc.

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Toronto woman loses $450,000 to online romance scam

Toronto woman loses $450,000 to online romance scam

After a fake seven-year long online love affair and $450,000 lost, a Toronto woman has been defrauded of her life savings and possessions to an online romance scam. The former City of Toronto employee and widow sold her condo and sent hundreds of thousands of dollars overseas to help her long-distance flame in a series of fake financial issues. The woman was told she would be compensated for her losses, but instead found out not only was there…

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In the age of dating apps, romance scams thrive

In the age of dating apps, romance scams thrive

Nearly two-thirds of all romance scams originate on dating sites according to Pew Research Centre, with one in four originating on social media and one in 10 via email. For scammers preying on someones hopes for love and companionship, the ability to create false personas online is generating more and more access for fraudsters to take advantage of your wallet and your heart. Read more at Daily Xtra This article is summarized by Canadian Fraud News Inc.

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