Internet predator wanted by Claremont police in scam

On Tuesday, September 1 an Internet predator taking on the persona of a Claremont resident is wanted by police after luring a Santa Clarita teen into an online relationship. According to Detective Lieutenant Mike Ciszek, an unknown female has been impersonating a 19-year-old woman from Claremont by using her personal information and photos from various social media forums for several months. The “catfisher” started sending inappropriate photos to a 17-year-old Santa Clarita boy, striking up a relationship. When the teen became suspicious that he was the victim of catfishing—the phenomenon of Internet predators that fabricate online identities to trick people into emotional/romantic relationships—he traveled to the Hollins Street home of the Claremont woman in search of answers, then discovered she wasn’t the one communicating with the minor online. Claremont police continue to investigate.

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