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Collingwood resident victim of 'complicated' scam defrauded of $1M

Local OPP detachment commander says she's seeing more and more large-scale fraud victimization in the area
Collingwood OPP detachment on the corner of Ontario and Minnesota Streets. Erika Engel/CollingwoodToday

Collingwood and The Blue Mountains OPP are investigating a fraud case that left a Collingwood resident out $1 million. 

Police confirmed it was a romance scam and the money was defrauded over number of months. 

Local OPP spokesperson, Const. Martin Hachey, said he expects it will be a long investigation as this type of fraud is complicated. 

Detachment Commander Insp. Mary Shannon told Collingwood and The Blue Mountains Police Services Boards she has noted an increase in large-scale frauds. 

"Certainly we're seeing more and more victimization," said Shannon during The Blue Mountains Police Services Board meeting. “So that is concerning. And certainly, I think, should continue to be a priority for our community.”

Since the investigation is ongoing, police did not provide more details. 

For information on known scams or frauds in Ontario, or to report a fraud or scam, visit the province's resource page here.

With files from Jennifer Golletz