Man wanted in romance scam investigation now in custody in Quebec after arrest in Ontario


A person wanted in a romance scam investigation is now in custody in Quebec after he was arrested north of Toronto this week.

At least one alleged sufferer is grateful to listen to of the arrest.

“I really feel relieved that a few of these different victims and myself will get some justice.” Andréa Speranza, a Halifax girl, informed CBC Toronto on Friday.

York Regional Police arrested Andre Marcel Vautour, 47, of no fastened handle, on Wednesday after police in Quebec tipped them off that the person was believed to be dwelling in Vaughan, Ont. Police stated there was an excellent warrant for his arrest.

According to Quebec police, he was been charged with fraud. His bail listening to is on Tuesday in Drummondville, Que. CBC Toronto has reached out to his lawyer however has but to listen to again.

Const. Maniva Armstrong, spokesperson for York Regional Police, stated the service’s High Risk Offender Unit arrested Vautour at a Markham, Ont., lodge with out incident.

“He was arrested and transported to Quebec in order that the police service there might proceed with the costs and the investigation,” she stated.

Armstrong stated police proceed to obtain quite a few reviews of romance scams. In these sorts of frauds, she stated the scammer creates a persona, typically with faux particulars. 

“These fraudsters are very artistic in their strategies,” she stated.

“Our victims, some who’re new to the realm, or new to our nation, or some who’re in weak locations in lives, fall prey to those fraudsters. And what occurs is that they join with the victims. They create a fictitious character or persona and so they lure our victims in by their feelings and their vulnerabilities.”

She stated the romance develops shortly, then the victims are invested in the connection to the purpose the place they really feel compelled to assist when the scammer asks for cash. She stated she needs folks to know that they should be very cautious and cautious when speaking to folks on relationship websites who’re primarily strangers.

Woman alleges she was tricked out of $5K

Speranza, for her half, alleges Vautor tricked her into loving him and swindled her out of hundreds of {dollars}.

“In the top, I misplaced $5,000, however there’s over 20 victims and lots of have misplaced over $100,000 so I’m fortunate,” she stated.

Speranza launched an internet group by way of an internet site, and with the assistance of media protection, police and legal professionals, she linked with alleged victims in eight provinces, together with Ontario, and in different elements of the world, together with the U.S., U.Ok., Southeast Asia and Europe. Several of the victims are from Ontario.

Speranza stated she needs extra folks to succeed in out if they have been victimized.

“Nobody’s celebrating too early. By justice, we imply the victims get acceptable compensation for what they’ve misplaced however they will by no means get again the emotional scars and devastation that they’ve suffered.”

She stated romance scams are a form of “emotional warfare” by con artists.

Carlo Charles, a researcher at McMaster University, stated anybody might fall sufferer to a romance scam, particularly when the alleged fraudster has years of follow.

If anybody thinks it can not occur to them, Charles stated: “I might say wait to be in the proper circumstances.”

Charles stated a romance scam artist is a “Tinder Swindler.” He stated they get higher on the scam as they proceed to do it.

“Each time they do it, they form of accumulate extra abilities and extra data as to how you can perpetrate the identical form of scam onto different folks in the long run.”


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