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Southern Ontario woman out $7K after alleged online romance scam

OPP say a 43-year-old Ottawa man has been charged with both dangerous and impaired driving after allegedly driving a car in the wrong direction down Highway 417 on Sunday morning and crashing into another vehicle near a west-end interchange.
OPP say a 43-year-old Ottawa man has been charged with both dangerous and impaired driving after allegedly driving a car in the wrong direction down Highway 417 on Sunday morning and crashing into another vehicle near a west-end interchange. Don Mitchell / Global News Ontario

Ontario Provincial Police in southern Ontario are warning the public about sending money to people you don’t know.

The warning comes after a Dunnville woman lost $7,000 in an apparent online romance scam.

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Investigators say the woman met the man through an online dating site, and after a period of time, money was transferred to the suspect, who claimed to need cash for his daughter’s medical bills.

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The man later sent a cheque to the victim to repay the funds, police say, however it was determined that the bank draft was fraudulent.

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OPP are reminding the public that a request to send money to a person you have never personally met is a red flag. Never send money or give credit card or online account details to anyone you do not know and trust.

For more tips on avoiding fraud visit http://www.antifraudcentre.ca.

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