Ottawa police say they have charged two men and are on the hunt for another after a series of incidents in which men were lured to the western end of town on promise to meet a woman only to be blackmailed.
Police said Thursday that they began investigating the online scam in early August.
Victims arrived at agreed-upon locations expected to meet someone they had spoken to via online dating, only to be confronted with suspects who intimidated them into paying money, according to investigators.
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Police said the suspects threatened to expose the victims publicly, claiming they had communicated with a minor girl.
Two men in Ottawa — 24-year-old Omer Ahmed and 23-year-old Abu-Obaidah Moalimishak — are now charged with robbery, conspiracy to commit a criminal act, intimidation with violence, kidnapping and extortion.
A third suspect, 24-year-old Guled Jinje, is wanted for robbery, kidnapping, extortion and harassment using repeated telecommunications. Ottawa police have released a photo of the suspect.
Police also believe there may be more victims and are asking anyone who fell victim to the scam to contact them at 613-236-1222 ext. 5116. Anonymous tips can be submitted through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
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