Romance scam defrauds Burlington woman of $37,500

Crime 100By Staff

May 15, 2015


A 61-year-old Burlington woman was defrauded $37,500 in an increasingly common romance scam targeting individuals who frequent online dating sites.

The female met an unknown individual in February 2015 on a popular dating website and began an online relationship with them. The individual persuaded the female to wire transfer funds overseas to DUBAI, United Arab Emirates to assist with the purchase of horses and then several days later continued to convince her to send more money for the care of the horses.

When staff at the wire transfer business suspected the activity was fraudulent, the female continued to send additional money through her own bank. The female victim was devastated to learn that the relationship was deceitful and she had been victim to this scheme.

Halton Regional Police are reminding residents to be vigilant when communicating with anyone online, especially using online dating sites.

Please be cognizant of romance scam relationships and be suspicious of the following scenarios;

• Anyone you are not familiar with wanting you to send them money via wire transfer or through your bank.
• Asking to communicate with you outside the dating service or email.
• Requesting your address to send you flowers or gifts. Never give out your address or personal information.
• Claims they live in Canada or the U.S., but they are currently travelling, living or working abroad.
• Refers to your relationship as “destiny” or “fate.”
• Soon after initiating the relationship, outlines an emergency situation pleading you to assist them financially.

Anyone with information on this or any other crime is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1 800 222-8477 (TIPS) or through the web at or by texting “Tip201” with your message to 274637 (crimes).

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