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York police charge man in online dating scam

York police charged Enrico Cagnotti, 56, of no fixed address, has been charged in connection with an online dating scam. YORK REGIONAL POLICE

York regional police have charged a man in connection with an online dating scam.

Police said they were contacted by a woman on Wednesday who was allegedly defrauded of money after entering into a relationship with a man met on an online dating website.

The woman gave $4,000 to the man after he suggested to her to invest money into several businesses he owns in Italy.

Police say she was then contacted by a friend who told her he has been allegedly involved in previous online dating scams.

Enrico Cagnotti, 56, of no fixed address, faces charges of breach of probation and fraud under $5,000. His aliases include Ricky, Rick, Depaolis and Franco Cesaretti.

Police arrested him at a Markham residence on Wednesday.

Investigators believe there may be more victims.

Anyone with information is asked to contact York police at 1-866-876-5423 (ext. 7541), Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS, leave an anonymous tip online at www.1800222tips.com or text your tip to CRIMES (274637) starting with the word YORK.

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