Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Man Posed as U.K. Diplomat as Part of $30K Fraud of Ont. Woman: Police

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Man Posed as U.K. Diplomat as Part of $30K Fraud of Ont. Woman: Police

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Woman loses $30K in multiple scams: police

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NEWMARKET, Ont. - Police say a 41-year-old man -- who allegedly claimed to be a diplomat from the United Kingdom as part of an elaborate fraud -- is facing charges after an Ontario woman lost $30,000 in a couple of scams.

York Regional Police say a 51-year-old Vaughan, Ont., woman told investigators that after meeting a person online and falling victim to a classic romance scam, the fraudster agreed to pay back some of the money.

Investigators say the woman made arrangements to meet an associate, purported to be a U.K. diplomat named Adam David, at Pearson International Airport to collect the money. They say the woman was then told she had to pay a fee to free the funds as they were being held up in customs and to meet David later at a hotel. …

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