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Richard Earl Rupert is shown in a wanted poster issued by police. ((Toronto Police Services))

Police in Toronto and Winnipeg are working together to track down a man who allegedly swindled senior citizens in Ontario and other provinces by pretending to be a distant relative.

Winnipeg police received a call on June 4 from someone who had spotted an elderly man withdrawing cash at an ATM accompanied by a man matching the alleged scammer's description.

A Canada-wide warrant was issued for Richard Earl Rupert, 54, in January on charges of robbery, fraud and attempted fraud.

Toronto police believe Rupert may have duped at least 20 Ontario seniors, ranging in age from 78 to 95, out of hundreds of dollars over the past few years.

Investigators say a man visited retirement homes where he befriended elderly residents, telling them he was a distant relative and persuading them to provide him with money for travel, car repairs, or rent.

Similar crimes have been reported in B.C. and Alberta.

Police allege Rupert uses a number of aliases, but usually goes by the first name Richard.

He is described as white, about 5 feet 6 inches, weighing between 140 and 160 pounds, with short greying dirty-blond hair and a receding hairline. He has a reddish complexion, chiselled cheekbones, hazel eyes and is usually clean-shaven.
With files from The Canadian Press