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News Online: Scammers stealing hearts and cash

Published online at GlobalTVEdmonton.com on January 12, 2011.


Linda Hoang, Global News: Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Scammers stealing hearts and cash

It’s taking online dating to a whole new level and it’s another addition to the growing list of online romance scams.

People are stealing the names and photos of real soldiers and using them to lure women into sending cash.

The scammer connects with an unsuspecting woman on Internet dating websites, sweet talking for weeks before asking if the woman can help him apply for leave.

That includes filling out fake documents and paying thousands of dollars in fees.

Which is something an Edmonton woman started doing, before realizing her romance was a lie.

But she’s not alone. The “Sympathetic Soldier” scheme is so common that the U.S. Army even issued a public warning last year.

“The suspects will actually target people who are vulnerable so maybe someone whose recently divorced or widowed, they may be lonely,” said Patrycia Thenu with the Edmonton Police Service. “People have lost thousands of dollars.”

Police are warning women to be aware of this romance scam and to never wire money.

Click here to read the article on the Global Edmonton website.

Linda Hoang is an Edmonton blogger who writes about food, travel, lifestyle/events and pets. She's also a social media/digital specialist with a journalism background. Linda is in love with her city and loves exploring and promoting Edmonton and other places she visits with her husband Mike. Linda is also the founder of the Edmonton International Cat Festival (and has 2 cats herself, along with 2 dogs).

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