Police have issued a public safety alert after a widow fell victim to a complex and lengthy online dating scam that eventually cost her a home.
The victim was a former City of Toronto employee, says Police.
The suspect/suspects used assumed identities of real people employed by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation and the United Nations producing fake news releases confirming the existence of the award.
The suspect/suspects were able to take $40,000 from the woman and during the course of relationship, he/she convinced the woman to sell condominium and provide them with another $400,000.
An investigation into the scam is ongoing.
Police said in the public safety alert. “If you believe you have been victimized through fraud, contact your local police service to report it.”