A BC woman posing as a man has been arrested in a GTA romance scam worth millions

A woman has been arrested for allegedly bilking victims for millions of dollars.

Toronto police say 69-year-old Aleth Duell’s romantic scam involved victims across the Toronto area.

Police claim the BC woman posed as a man on social media and dating sites, where she established friendships and relationships with the victims. Duell would then ask the victims to borrow or gift her large sums with the promise of repaying them, police say.

The victims would send money via bank transfer or e-transfer and were also asked to open separate bank accounts and provide the bank details to Duell, according to investigators.

Duell used a variety of reasons to need the money, including having his passport confiscated abroad, faced with border issues or the need to cover medical expenses, officials report.

Duel would ask the victims for more and more money, and eventually threatened them if they were not willing to comply, police say.

Toronto police estimate the victims were cheated for millions of dollars in the Greater Toronto area alone. Police believe there may be more victims in Ontario, British Columbia and Alberta.

On September 22, 2021, Duell was arrested and charged with fraud over $ 5,000 and money laundering.

Duel appeared in court Tuesday.

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