An Edmonton woman is sharing her story in the hope it can stop others from falling prey to advanced fee loan scams. 

When Doris Sinnett found herself in need of a loan a month ago, she turned to the internet. A search led her to an online lender who seemed like they would be able to help her — for a $500 fee.

“I thought I really did my due diligence. I guess hindsight is 20/20,” she said Friday. “It sounded too good to be true.”

After sending back the paperwork, she was told that she was approved for the loan. That is until the next day, when she was told she would have to send more money immediately.

“I sent the other $500 right while I was talking to him. I honestly said, ‘You just scammed me, didn’t you?'” she recounted.

“He said, ‘No, dear, I didn’t.'” 

The Edmonton resident regularly receives training and security updates as part of her job in the insurance industry so she never expected she would become a victim. 

“I checked reviews, I checked the website. I thought I dotted every i and crossed every t. I’ve been trained in this,” Sinnett said.

After that, it was a few days of calls telling her that they were looking into what happened to her money before Sinnett said her calls, texts and emails began to go unanswered. 

She has still never received her loan or initial payments back but believes the people who did this to her are still active. She recently received a random loan offer and saw some of the same names she was dealing…

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