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Dating scam costs New West woman six grand

A New Westminster woman has been bilked of more than $6,000 by an online dating scam.

Police say after the New West resident started a profile on a website she got a message from another member claiming to be a major in the United States army in Afghanistan.

After communicating for about a week, the man asked her to send money so he could visit her in Canada during his leave and he'd pay her back later.

She provided personal information on a 'Leave Request Form' saying she was the man's fiancée.

She ended up sending seven Western Union transactions over the period of about a month to Kentucky, Georgia and Nigeria, but none of the names was the name of the man. She believed they were all part of the U.S. military says a police department release.

The woman didn't become suspicious until she saw a newspaper article on the top 10 scams of 2012, and then found proof the email addresses she had been corresponding with were associated with African scam artists.

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