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Woman loses $220,000 in scam

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A Norfolk County woman is out about $220,000 after falling victim to an online romance scam.

The woman met a man through a social media website. The man requested funds from the woman to deal with some emergencies and funds to cover taxes for the $1 million he planned to send to her.

From July 2017 to November 9, 2017, the woman sent the man an estimated $220,000.

The victim contacted Norfolk OPP on Thursday.

Police are once again reminding the public to be cautious when making contact with people online, especially when money is requested.

“It's not always easy to spot scams, and new ones are invented every day. Knowledge is power. If you want to stay on top of scams, inform yourself on how to recognize the various types of scams and protect your personal information by visiting law enforcement organizations' websites, such as OPP.ca, the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (www.antifraudcentre.ca) or other reputable organizations,” Detective Sergeant Lisa Lambert of Norfolk OPP's Crime Unit said in a media release.