If you’re looking for love this Valentine’s Day, Coquitlam RCMP ask that you also be on alert for a possible fraudster peddling online romance.
After posting a personal ad online, investigators say a Coquitlam woman met up with a man who reached out to her.
They met on Jan. 1, and after hitting it off, the man was soon staying at the woman’s home.
The two never went to the suspect’s home and she never saw his car.
Six days later, the suspect was gone and so were the woman’s house keys, bank cards, and some money from her bank account.
All contact information the suspect had given to the victim has since been changed, or gone unanswered. Not only that, but he had given her a fake address.
“All the information this man has given the victim was completely false – his name, where he lived, all the people he knew – it was a complete lie,” Cpl. Michael McLaughlin with Coquitlam RCMP told Global News.
RCMP also say that this suspect has been linked to three similar cases around Metro Vancouver.
The suspect has used multiple aliases including ‘Richard Harvey Silver,’ ‘Jack Harvey,’ ‘Dan Whelan’ and ‘James Whelan.’
He’s described by RCMP as 45 years old, 6’3″, 250 lbs, with a stocky build with a round face.
He has dark brown hair that may be in a ponytail, a trim beard and very blue eyes.
“Good, trusting people are most vulnerable to romance fraudsters but there are ways to protect yourself. Whether online or otherwise, be careful of people who want to get too close, too quickly and who always want you to pay,” says Cpl. McLaughlin in a release.
Anyone who can help identify this suspect is asked to call the Coquitlam RCMP.