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Friday, May 24, 2019

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Detectives Seek Additional Victims of a Dating Scam NR19141dm

Los Angeles: Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's Commercial Crimes Division are asking for the public's help in locating victims of a dating scam.

Wilson Edward Jackson, 37-years-old, was arrested today in Van Nuys Division for multiple felony charges, all resulting from a dating theft investigation involving dozens of female victims. Jackson has been the subject of numerous identity theft, forgery, and grand theft reports received by the Los Angeles Police Department and other law enforcement agencies, in and out of state, for the past several years.

Jackson targeted single women via social media and other websites seeking a dating relationship. After meeting with his victims, Jackson would ask them for a loan, claiming he was having issues with his bank, or that his car was impounded with his wallet inside. Jackson would promise to repay with cash, but instead would provide the victims with checks written on closed personal bank accounts.

Victims that visited Jackson's Woodland Hills apartment were victims of identity theft, as Jackson stole their credit card information and checks from their checkbooks while they slept or used the restroom. Jackson would use their stolen information to buy clothes for himself, pay personal bills, or make travel arrangements for other victims of his scam.

Anyone who thinks they may have been victimized by this suspect, or anyone with additional information about this suspect's activities, is asked to call Detective Stephanie Krajchir, Commercial Crimes Division Financial Crimes Section, at (818) 374-9420.

During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may also visit ww.lapdonline.org, and click on "Anonymous Web Tips" under the "Get Involved-Crime Stoppers" menu to submit an online tip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the "P3 Tips" mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.

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