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VIDEO: Victim of romance scam, Ontario woman jailed in Hong Kong

A Barrie grandmother who was duped by an Internet romance scam — and then wrote a book to warn others — is now languishing in an overseas prison after being tricked again

A 64-year-old grandmother from Barrie, Ont. has been languishing in a Hong Kong prison for the past seven months, accused of smuggling cocaine inside her luggage. Suzana Thayer's family is fighting to prove her innocence, insisting the 64-year-old was lured overseas by a fake Internet boyfriend who arranged to have the luggage delivered to her as a gift.

Sadly, this was not the first time Thayer had been duped by online love. Years earlier, she gave more than $200,000 to a man she met on the Internet who claimed to be a doctor working for the United Nations. 

Thayer actually wrote a book about her ordeal — I've Been Conned: Book for Dummies — to warn others about online romance scams. She is now living through the nightmare a second time.

Angela Thayer, Suzana's daughter, was a recent guest on Village Media's Inside the Village podcast"If she is found guilty, it is basically a life sentence," Thayer said. "But she is innocent, and I know she is by the evidence that I have found. I am basically just working to get her home."

You can watch the full episode HERE.

Hosted by Scott Sexsmith and Michael Friscolanti, the Editor-in-Chief of Village Media, Inside the Village is a news and current affairs podcast that provides a weekly window into some of the best local journalism from across our chain of Ontario newsrooms. Produced by Derek Turner, the program also explores bigger-picture issues that impact people across the province.

Every episode is available on this news site /insidethevillage. If you prefer the audio version, it is available wherever you find your favourite podcasts.

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