Arrest Warrant for Online Romance Fraudster


2017-03-09 13:42 PST

File # 2017-708

An arrest warrant has been issued for an accused online romance fraudster who was identified thanks to tips from the public.

Ross Thomas Bullough, a 44-year-old man of no fixed address, is wanted out of Coquitlam for two counts of credit card fraud, two counts of possession of a stolen credit card and one count of theft under $5000. Bullough is also wanted for warrants in Ontario and Quebec.

Bullough was charged after a man posing as 'Richard Silver' met a Coquitlam woman online and, after a brief romance, stole the woman’s house keys and bank cards. The cards were subsequently used to withdraw money from the victim’s account.

The Coquitlam investigation led to the discovery of multiple aliases and similar police files across BC. On February 14, 2017, Coquitlam RCMP launched a public appeal to help identify a suspect and that led to the charges against Bullough.

We are truly impressed with how many members of the public stepped forward to help in this investigation, says Corporal Michael McLaughlin with Coquitlam RCMP, without the help of news organizations, social media, and the public, we would not have been able to identify a suspect, get an arrest warrant, and protect future victims.

Coquitlam RCMP has been working with other police jurisdictions to ensure that investigations with similar circumstances are aware of Bullough’s arrest warrant.

Police work together to make sure that no matter the jurisdiction, we protect the privacy and safety of victims and enforce the law, says Superintendent Sean Maloney, the Officer in Charge of Coquitlam RCMP, we believe there are still victims of this romance fraud who haven’t talked to police and we hope this story will help them come forward.

Whether you are meeting someone online or otherwise, be careful of people who want to get too close too quickly. If you can’t verify the person’s personal details, address and workplace those are warning signs. If someone always expects you to pay, or needs to 'borrow' money, you may be dealing with a fraudster.

If you think you’ve been a victim of this, or any other crime, call your local police department.

Released by

Cpl. Michael McLaughlin

Media Relations Officer
Coquitlam RCMP
2986 Guildford Way, Coquitlam, BC V3B 7Y5
Office: 604-945-1580


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