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Media Release

Release Date: October 1st, 2018 - 4:15pm

Originator: D/Sergeant Kevin Britton, Homicide and Fraud Bureau , 905-825-4747 ext. 8760

Contact: D/Constable Sarah Rudall, Fraud Bureau, 905-825-4747 ext. 8742

Location: Oakville

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Police Arrest Male for Romance Scam



On September 27, 2018 Halton Regional Police Service Fraud Bureau Detectives arrested a Hamilton male following an investigation into an alleged Romance Scam.   Following a sixteen month on-line courtship, the victim was defrauded of a significant amount of money due to the fraudulent actions of this male.

Paulo Egbobawaye (35yrs), of Hamilton was charged with the following Criminal Code Offences:

  • Fraud over $5000
  • Identity Fraud
  • Possession of Property Obtained by Crime
  • Laundering Proceeds of Crime
  • Breach of Probation

Egbobawaye will appear in Milton Court on October 30, 2018.

Police are reminding residents to be cautious of online and often fictitious individuals on legitimate dating sites whose ability to travel or meet in person is limited.  In many cases the individual will claim to be from North America but currently living or working abroad and therefore unable to meet in person. Once the relationship grows stronger the individual will claim some form of hardship that requires the transfer of funds to them, often by wire transfer.

  • Never send money or e-tranfers to someone you have never met
  • Check your facts and do your research; do not accept cheques for cashing on someone else's behalf
  • If in doubt, seek some help or advice.  A sober second look at a situation from a trusted outsider, can often provide clarity and insight  

For additional information on this and many other prevalent scams refer to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Website WWW.ANTIFRAUDCENTRE.CA 

Anyone with information regarding this investigation or who may be the victim of another Romance Scam please contact Detective Constable Sarah Rudall of Regional Fraud Bureau at 905-825-4747 ext. 8742.

Tips can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers "See something? Hear something? Know something? Contact Crime Stoppers" at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca.

Please be reminded that all persons charged are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.