Victoria police warn lovelorn in costly online scam

Const. Mike Russell said two reports of a similar scam have been reported in Victoria in the past week. A local person meets a potential suitor on a dating website and begins building a relationship.

“The story continues with promises of riches, but for a price,” said Russell in a release. “The victims are asked to send information and money overseas to secure storage and shipping for a large quantity of gold.”

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In one of the cases, a victim was duped out of $50,000 for supposed shipping and storage costs.

Police said the two cases are very similar and warn the public against these type of “get rich quick” scams.

Report these type of frauds immediately to the police or Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at http://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/english/home.html

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