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Fabiola Carletti reports for The Star, 6 Jun 2010:



Police are warning the public about three male suspects posing as police officers before they rob men responding to adult Internet ads.


Three male victims have told police that they were robbed after answering Internet sex ads on three separate occasions in the Bathurst St. and Finch Ave. W. area between May 30 and June 6.


Each time, a woman met with a single male victim and lured him to a private dwelling in the area, where the three male suspects jumped out and pretended to arrest them.


At least two of the victims were handcuffed and searched, and all three had their wallets or money stolen.


The suspects, who verbally identified themselves as police officers, were not in uniform and did not show badges to the victims.


Police said their ?main concern is that men who are responding to these ads, and others, make sure they ask to see identification when people claim they are police officers.?


Citizens should specifically ask for photo identification accompanied by a badge when the so-called officers are not wearing uniforms.


The impersonators have not yet been arrested, and police think there may be more victims.


The suspects are described as white men between the ages of 25 to 35 years old.


The police are describing the woman involved as a person of interest.


Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-3204, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at
, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637).

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