The Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station’s Detective Bureau is investigating a case where a suspect was using popular dating websites like Match.com to gain the trust of women and then steal their property.
Jeffrey Elvington, 39, of Saugus, admitted to detectives he used various scams to perpetrate his fraud, according to Sheriff’s Station officials.
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“In one case, he was saying he was a personal chef for the stars,” said Sgt. James Anderson, who is in charge of the investigation. “In another case, he said he was working for the government and the military in the special forces. He would make up elaborate professions to make himself seem more desirable to the people he scammed.”
He would then steal things like their credit card information from his victims, and use their credit card numbers to purchase high end electronics to later sell.
The suspect has contacted many other women over the last two years. All but one of the victims are Santa Clarita residents.
“He was buying a lot of iPads,” Anderson said. “It’s thousands of dollars.”
Detectives have already identified five victims, Anderson said. Sheriff’s Station officials are looking for the public’s help in identifying additional victims. Anyone with information regarding the suspect pictured is asked to call 661-255-1121, and ask for Sgt. James Anderson.
Detectives from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station conducted a surveillance and search warrant in the Saugus area of Santa Clarita. That’s where the suspect was contacted and arrested.
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