Man arrested in romance scam in Oakville

Man arrested in \romance scam\ in Oakville
Hamilton man facing fraud charges following alleged romance scam
FILE – This Monday, Dec. 12, 2016, file photo illustration shows a woman on her laptop in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Halton regional police say a victim was defrauded of "a significant amount of money" following a 16-month online courtship.

They say a 35-year-old man is facing five charges, including fraud over $5,000, identity fraud and laundering the proceeds of crime.

Anyone with information about this investigation or who may be the victim of another romance scam can contact Det. Const. Sarah Rudall at 905-825-4747 ext. 8742.

Police are warning people to be wary of "online and often fictitious individuals" on legitimate dating sites, whose ability to travel or meet in person is limited.

Once the relationship grows stronger, the individual will claim some form of hardship that requires funds, often by wire transfer, according to police.

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He is charged with fraud over $5,000, identity fraud, possession of property obtained by crime, laundering proceeds of crime and breach of probation.

A Hamilton man has been arrested after a woman was defrauded of a significant amount of money following a 16-month courtship online.

Police are reminding residents to be cautious of online and often fictitious individuals on legitimate dating sites whose ability to travel or meet in person is limited. In many cases, the individual will claim to be from North America but currently living or working abroad and therefore unable to meet in person.

Paulo Egbobawaye, 35, is facing five charges including fraud over $5,000, laundering proceeds of crime and identity fraud.

On Sept. 27, Halton Regional Police Service fraud unit detectives made an arrest following an investigation into an alleged 16-month online courtship. The victim, a woman from Oakville, was reportedly defrauded of a significant amount of money due to the alleged actions of a man.

Police are reminding residents to be cautious of online and often fictitious people on legitimate dating sites who say they are unable to travel or meet in person.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation or who may be the victim of another Romance Scam please contact Detective Const. Sarah Rudall of Regional Fraud Bureau at 905-825-4747 ext. 8742.

In many cases the individual will claim to be from North America but currently living or working abroad and therefore unable to meet in person, said Halton police in a news release. Once the relationship grows stronger the individual will claim some form of hardship that requires the transfer of funds to them, often by wire transfer.

Tips can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers \”See something? Hear something? Know something? Contact Crime Stoppers\” at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation or who may be the victim of another romance scam is asked to contact Detective Constable Sarah Rudall at 905-825-4747, ext. 8742.