Mississauga man faces several counts of fraud after Oakville woman victimized for $70,000

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Published April 8, 2022 at 11:36 am

A Mississauga man is facing fraud charges after an Oakville woman was allegedly scammed out of $70,000.

In January of 2019, Halton fraud investigators initiated an investigation regarding an online dating scam. The suspect would initiate and maintain contact with his victims through email and text, establish trust through this remote relationship, and convince them to transfer funds.

Following a lengthy investigation, and the identification of several other victims across the country, it was determined the suspect used a number of aliases and targeted older adult victims across Canada, with reported losses totalling approximately $370,000.

In March, the fraud unit executed a search warrant at an apartment unit in Mississauga and arrested the accused, Toju Ariri, 34, of Mississauga.

Ariri is charged with six counts of fraud over $5,000.

It is believed that Ariri was operating under a number of different aliases including Dante Leonardo, Sean Bruno and Jason Roberto.

Additional parties may have been victimized as a result of this scam, and police are hopeful that the aliases and images provided may encourage others to report these incidents to their local police jurisdictions.

For further inquiries, contact the fraud unit at 905-825-4747, ext. 8741.

Tips can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or at the website.

Additional information on frauds and scams can be found on the Halton police website.

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