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Two suspects arrested, one at large as Ottawa police investigate online dating extortion scam

Instead of being met by a woman, police say the victims are met by suspects who intimidate and threaten them to provide money or be exposed publicly on the pretext that they were communicating with an underage girl.  
2021-10-14 EXTORTION WANTED DATING SCAM
Guled Jinje, 24, of Ottawa. Photo/ Ottawa Police Service

The Ottawa Police Service (OPS) is laying charges after a series of extortion incidents that started back in the mid-summer. 

Officers say, since early August, men have been lured to locations in Ottawa's west end with the promise that they would be meeting a woman. When the victims show up, however, they are met by suspects who intimidate and threaten them to provide money or be exposed publicly on the pretext that they were communicating with an underage girl.      

Omer Ahmed, 24, and Abu-Obaidah Moalimishak, 23, both of Ottawa, have been charged with:

  • Robbery
  • Conspiracy to commit an indictable offence
  • Intimidation by violence
  • Kidnapping
  • Extortion

Police are also looking for Guled Jinje, 24, of Ottawa, who is wanted for:

  • Robbery
  • Kidnapping
  • Extortion
  • Harassment by means of repeated telecommunication 

Investigators believe that there may be more victims and are asking that anyone who is the victim of this scam to contact police. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Ottawa Police Robbery Unit at 613-236-1222, ext. 5116. 

Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-222-8477 or at crimestoppers.ca.

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