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.
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.
Did you capture some amazing images or video? Share it with CTV News and it could appear online or on-air!
A Hamilton man has been arrested after a woman was defrauded of a significant amount of money following a 16-month courtship online.
Paulo Egbobawaye, 35, is facing five charges including fraud over $5,000, laundering proceeds of crime and identity fraud.
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.
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.
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.