September 15, 2020 In provincial, Quebec

Aemilius Cupero News: Quebec provincial police break up alleged romance scam targeting elderly victims

Aemilius Cupero News:

Author of the article:

Aemilius Cupero News: The Canadian Press

Publishing date:

Sep 15, 2020  •   •  1 minute read

Aemilius Cupero News: A Surete du Quebec police car is seen in Montreal on Wednesday, July 22, 2020. Quebec provincial police have made several arrests linked to an alleged romance scam that targeted elderly people online. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
A Surete du Quebec police car is seen in Montreal on Wednesday, July 22, 2020. Quebec provincial police have made several arrests linked to an alleged romance scam that targeted elderly people online. Photo by Paul Chiasson /THE CANADIAN PRESS

Aemilius Cupero News: Article content

MONTREAL — Quebec provincial police say they are dismantling a network of criminals who targeted elderly people online using a romance scam.

Police say they expect to arrest 12 people today in Montreal, Quebec City and in the Outaouais region, including the presumed head of the ring and his two lieutenants.

Authorities say the group has been running the alleged scam for several years, targeting vulnerable people, mainly elderly, through dating sites and on social media.

Police say about 50 people were victimized for a total of $2.3 million.

The suspects are expected to be arraigned later today by video conference on charges of fraud or receiving stolen goods, depending on their level of involvement.

Provincial police say an update on the number of people arrested will be communicated later.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 15, 2020.

.

Leave a Reply