Man loses 3450 in romance scam

A Norfolk man is out more than $3,000 in an online scam.On Saturday afternoon, the man contacted police after transferring $3,450 to someone he met on social media.Police say that the man sent several emails to an unknown woman he met online. The pair discussed the woman’s father and an inheritance. The victim then transferred the money believing he would receive some of the inheritance.The man then got an email from someone claiming to be an attorney, which is when he contacted the police.Police say this is two scams wrapped into one.A person pretending to be a love interest will work with someone who claims to be a lawyer, banker or other foreign official. They will claim the deceased left no other beneficiaries and will say that you are legally entitled to claim the inheritance.Alternatively, the scammer may tell a victim that someone with the same last name has passed away and they can claim their fortune through legal trickery.Victims will be told that their supposed inheritance is difficult to access due to government and bank restrictions or taxes in the country where the money is held, and that they will need to pay money and provide personal details to claim it.Providing the payments will result in losing that money, and being open to identity theft, warn Norfolk OPP.OPP remind the public to be aware of the warning signs of a scam, and to never send money to someone you do not know.

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