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‘Romance scam’ takes South Bruce resident for $8,300

SOUTH BRUCE – The South Bruce OPP is sending a fraud warning after a South Bruce resident was recently scammed out of $8,300.

The ‘romance scam’ typically happens on social media sites. Police say the online “pen-pal” gains a person’s trust and affection, then they start to ask for personal information or money.

“Modern, tech-savvy scammers have the ability to create very convincing scams,” said South Bruce OPP in a press release. “They won’t hesitate to use the name of a legitimate company in an effort to gain your trust and trick you into paying them.”

Police advise to always be cautious with unsolicited email, phone calls, letters and even visitors at your door.

“Unsolicited means that you didn’t ask for it. Always be certain who you are dealing with before you ever consider sending money or sharing personal information,” state the OPP.

Anyone interested in more information on fraud can contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 or check online at http://www.antifraudcentre.ca/.