An Edmonton man is facing charges after allegedly bilking an Orillia woman out of more than $25,000 as part of a romance scam.
According to the OPP, officers were notified of the incident in April of 2017.
Following a lengthy investigation, police reportedly identified 35-year-old Albert Gyamfi of Emonton as the perpetrator.
“The suspect in this matter was also a suspect for similar frauds in other policing jurisdictions within Ontario,” reads a media release from police.
Gyamfi was arrested and charged with fraud over $5,000 and possession of property obtained by crime in August of this year.
He is scheduled to appear in Orillia court on Dec. 24.
“Arrests in romance scams are rare however the act itself is more common than you may think,” reads a media release from police.
“The Better Business Bureau claims that Canadians reported $22.5 million lost to this scam in 2018 but estimate that there is 20 times that lost as most victims don’t report their losses.”
The OPP also released some tips to help identify such scams:
– The suitor is significantly younger than you;
– The person lives in a war torn country, overseas or works out of the country;
– They have many excuses to not video chat or meet in person;
– The relationship is moving very fast;
– They ask for money;
– They use threats of violence to get what they want;
– They want the money sent Western Union; and,
– It seems too good to be true.
If you are in a situation which you feel you were the victim of a fraud, contact the Ontario Provincial Police at 1-888-310-1122 or your local police service.
For more tips, click HERE.