Police lay charges after online romance scam

Kate FieldingSouth Western Times

A Bunbury woman has been charged over her alleged involvement in an online romance scam in which she allegedly scammed a man out of more than $10,000.

Police allege the 53-year-old woman gained a man’s trust online before asking him to forward a sum of money to her in Bunbury.

It is alleged the woman then forwarded the money onto a scammer in Nigeria.

The incident was reported to the Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network which provided information to police.

Technology Crime Services investigators charged the woman on Monday as a result of the investigation into money laundering accusations.

The woman has been charged with one count of dealing in the proceeds of crime – money or property worth $10,000 or more.

The woman is due to appear in Bunbury Magistrates Court on June 7.

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