Toronto Police arrest woman, 69, as part of a romance scam investigation

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The Toronto Police announced Friday they have arrested a 69-year-old woman as part of a romance scam investigation.

A fraud investigation commenced in September 2021 regarding a romance scam involving a person residing in British Colombia, who allegedly had money laundered in the Greater Toronto Area, the Toronto Police said in a statement.

The statement further added that the person was allegedly posing as a man and was tricking women on internet dating sites and social media sites into a friendship or relationship

Once a relationship was developed, the man would request to borrow large sums of money with the promise of a full refund, the Toronto Police said, adding that the victims would send cash via wire transfers and e-transfers to a variety of bank accounts.

Victims were asked to open separate bank accounts and provide the banking information to the man.

The officers arrested the suspect, Aleth Duell, 69, of Toronto, On Wednesday, September 22, 2021, and charged her with Fraud Over $5000 and Money Laundering.

The Toronto Police also added that Investigators are concerned there are other victims residing in Ontario, British Colombia and Alberta.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-7328, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477).

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