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EPS is highlighting the risks of finding love online

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  • The victim of an online romance scam is sharing his story in hopes of preventing more people from being taken advantage of by scammers. Online romance scams are a lucrative business- in 2018, the Edmonton Police Service investigated 11 incidents of romance scams totaling an overall reported loss of $1,115,219.74.

    Con was in the hospital when he received a message from a woman who said she had seen his dating profile. He was happy to have the company while he was confined to the hospital bed – even if it was just over the phone.

      

           Sample of images sent to portray the woman’s online profile

    She said she was a United States citizen on an overseas contract as a computer civil engineer. She was a single mom; her son was nine-years-old. Eventually, she would say that she “fell in love with a guy from the internet”.

    Months into their chats, the requests for money began; she said the camera on her phone was broken but she couldn’t afford to fix it, so she needed $600 to replace it. Con denied her request so she stopped contacting him, but months passed and they started talking again. She asked him for money once again, telling him she was relying on him to get her and her son to the States. So he gave what he could towards a new phone- $100. It wasn’t enough, so she stopped talking to him.

    Nearly a year later, she asked him if he still loved her; the continued to talk for a couple of weeks and then she told him she was laid off and needed help. He told her to go to the U.S. Embassy for help, but she admitted that it was an illegal work contract. She needed to get home, but she didn’t have enough; she was a mere $1500 short.

    The next day, ticket prices went up. He paid the difference. And then her son was diagnosed with malaria. Shortly after, they were in a collision and had hospital bills – she even sent x-rays. But she had money back home; she just needed help paying the hospital bills in order to be released from the hospital. Once she got home she would be able to pay him back. She even “proved” her financial state by sending a picture of her bank accounts in the U.S.A; she just couldn’t access them while overseas.

    Sadly, Con’s dream of having a family was used against him by fraudsters. When one of his banks interfered and the Edmonton Police Service investigated his case, this romance scam came to $143,000.

    When asked why he sent the money, he pauses… “Hope that it would be real. Having her and her kid. Money isn’t important. This is; having someone else in the house besides me.”

     

    Protect Yourself 

    It is important to remember that romance scammers do this for a living – it’s their job and it can be very profitable.

    “It’s absolutely heartbreaking that these scammers are taking someone’s desire for happiness and using it against them,” Detective Linda Herczeg stated. “They commit all of their time into these scams because it’s their job and it’s lucrative.”

    Websites and apps are constantly used for matchmaking, friendship building, and networking, but users should be aware of the potential risks.

    Signs that a social media or dating profile user is a scammer

    • They ask you for money.
    • They profile you and tell you everything you want to hear.
    • They will find out what you are looking for in a relationship and create events that will play on your emotional to get you to send money – sick children, airline tickets to come be with you/marry you so you can be a family.
    • They groom you for as long as it takes (days, months, years) to get your money by being very attentive, lavishing you with attention, compliments and tell you that they love you. Usually they profess their love early in the relationship.
    • They are always available because it is usually a group of individuals that are sending you messages, working off a script.
    • The images of your “loved one” will be stolen off the internet.
    • Your “loved one” will rarely have a voice conversation with you or have a live conversation via FaceTime or Skype.
    • Your “loved one” will always have an excuse why they cannot meet you.
    • They will always find a reason for you to send them more money.

     

    You can find more information on online scams and online dating safety tips on the EPS website.

    The EPS reminds citizens that fraud prevention is continuous – we need to recognize it through continual education, report it, and stop it. We ask that you share this information with those in your life who may be a target for romance scams.

    If you are a victim of any fraud, please contact the EPS at 780-423-4567 or #377 from a mobile device.


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    Morinville RCMP investigating damage to police vehicles

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  • April 19, 2019

     

    Morinville, Alta. – Early this morning police vehicles parked in the Morinville RCMP Detachment parking lot had windshields damaged and the RCMP is seeking assistance in identifying the culprits.

    Between the hours of 4:00 a.m. and 4:45 a.m. three police vehicles suffered damage from an unknown object.

    The RCMP are currently investigating and conducting neighbourhood enquiries for any possible witnesses.

    If anyone has any information or saw any suspicious people please report to the Morinville RCMP at 780-939-4550. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.


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    Police seek public’s assistance in identifying group of youths involved in swarming incidents at NE rec centre

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  • April 18, 2019
    The Edmonton Police Service is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying several suspects involved in an ongoing series of violent incidents and personal robberies that have occurred at the Clareview Recreation Centre in northeast Edmonton.

    Between January and the beginning of April 2019, a total of 11 violent swarming incidents have been reported to police involving the same group of suspects. In each incident, the same group of suspects has swarmed unsuspecting teen complainants, subjecting them to personal robberies and assaults.

    Investigators believe the group is comprised of several black male youths under the age of 18, who have committed random criminal acts, including robberies with offensive weapons, personal robberies and assaults. In one of the incidents, a teen male complainant sustained a life-altering injury after being shot with an air soft pistol in the face.

    Police are also investigating another 20 incidents of personal robberies and assaults that have taken place in and around the Clareview Recreation Centre throughout 2019. In these incidents, however, only one suspect and one complainant were involved – not multiple suspects.In all of these incidents, suspects have targeted teen complainants stealing cell phones, head phones, wallets, purses and brand name clothing items.

    Police have increased patrols throughout the area, and continue to work with its partners, including the City of Edmonton and Alberta Justice to investigate the series of incidents.

    Anyone with information regarding the youths responsible for the 11 swarming incidents and/or any of the single suspect personal robbery incidents inside or outside of the Clareview Recreation Centre is asked to contact the EPS at 780-423-4567 or #377 from a mobile phone. Anonymous information can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.p3tips.com/250.

    Target Hardening: Protect yourself against personal robbery
    While it may not be possible to prevent a personal robbery, there are some ways that you can minimize the risks:

    • Pick safe routes to get to your destination
    • Plan ahead, and let someone know where you are going and for how long
    • If you are walking after dark, take routes that are well lit and are well populated
    • If you’re using transit, stand or ride near others – do not isolate yourself
    • If you’re driving, avoid parking in an isolated area. Park in a well-lit, highly-visible, high-traffic area
    • Scan the surroundings as you walk or approach or leave your vehicle. If possible, walk with another person
    • If you’re carrying small personal electronics, like an iPod, conceal it under your clothes. These are targets for would-be thieves who can easily sell or exchange the device.
    • Keep your keys ready when walking to your vehicle or home, so that you can get in to your vehicle or home promptly
    • Lock the doors of your vehicle while you are inside.
    • Keep your vehicle in good working condition, especially in winter months, to reduce the chance of breaking down and stopping
    • Call out for help in an emergency, and carry a cell phone with you
    • Report a personal robbery, or any suspicious persons, vehicles or activities to police as soon as possible
    • Please remember that your personal safety is more valuable than your vehicle or other personal belongings.

      Additional general safety tips for you and your family can be found on the Edmonton Police Service website at:

    https://www.edmontonpolice.ca/CrimePrevention/PersonalFamilySafety


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