A woman from BC had to declare bankruptcy after a man she believed to be her boyfriend took approximately $243,000 from her. Clearly, she doesn't watch MTV's Catfish because Nev and Max would've sniffed out this catfish right away. In fact, it wasn't until Coquitlam RCMP released a photo of her "boyfriend" Reza Moeinian, that she realized she had been seriously duped.
Coquitlam RCMP released her boyfriend's photo claiming that he had duped dozens of women and racked up a ton of fraud and theft charges. This was when she realized that she needed to come forward. The woman in question remains anonymous and has chosen to go by the alias, Amanda.
Amanda alleges that Reza, whom she knew as Tony, began dating back in 2015 through an online dating site. He began asking her for money in early 2016. She claims that he asked her to loan money to his friends, pressuring her to sign up for 13 different "cash-back" credit cards and then drove her to various banks making cash withdrawals.
She told CTV Vancouver, that in the days that followed, he made her drain all of those credit cards. She says she knew he was a fraud when her credit was frozen after "Tony" signed a bad cheque using a different name. Amanda blames herself for not trusting her gut instincts. She ultimately lost her condo because she had to claim bankruptcy after Reza cleared out her accounts.
The RCMP claims that Reza poses as a foreign businessman, uses a fake name to meet women through dating websites and ultimately steals their money. Reza has been duping women all over the Greater Vancouver Area, from Anmore to Port Coquitlam.
Amanda claims that she fell for his act because she truly believed they were in love. This sounds like the most extreme episode of Catfish that we've ever seen. Reza faces over 24 charges of fraud, theft, possession of property obtained by crime and causing someone to us a forged document related to other alleged victims. He is currently in police custody pending a bail hearing next month.
Source: CTV News