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Former City of Toronto employee loses life savings, home in online scam

CityNews | posted Thursday, Mar 16th, 2017

Police say a former City of Toronto employee lost her home and life savings after falling victim to a sophisticated online scam.

In a release, police said the woman first lost $40,000 through a romance scam after she was duped into believing she was in a long-term relationship with a person who convinced her to “assist … with a series of falsified financial issues.”

Things would get progressively worse.

The suspects were then able to convince the woman to sell her condominium and hand the proceeds over in hopes of gaining “compensation” of $22 million, issued by the Nigerian courts.

Police said those behind the scam went to considerable lengths to sway the victim, including using the identities of real people employed by the FBI and United Nations and sending her fake news releases.

She was ultimately defrauded of an additional $400,000.

No arrests have been made and police are reminding the public to be vigilant.

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