Border guard used Facebook to woo women travelers

VANCOUVER – A B.C. border guard e-mailed himself the passport details of attractive women who came through his inspection line so he could hit on them later on Facebook, according to an internal government investigation obtained by the Vancouver Sun.

According to the investigation report, the guard’s behaviour first came to the attention of the Canada Border Services Agency last October when officials received a complaint from a married female traveller.

The woman told CBSA investigators she came into Canada on Oct. 18, 2009 at around 5 p.m.

Four hours later, around 9 p.m., she received a friend request on Facebook.

Not knowing who the person was, she ignored it.

But the very next day, the same person asked to be her friend again, this time asking why she had ignored his first request.

Beginning to suspect the request might be from the border guard, the woman wrote him back, asking who he was and how he knew her.

"I don’t mean to creep you out," he replied, according to the investigation report.

"I met you and thought you were stunning and if you are the person I think you are we kinda shared a chemistry. I thought it might be worth a shot to see if I could find you, but I can’t just come out and tell you where or when because if you object to me befriending you I could get into trouble. If it helps the (woman) I met had short blond hair and a gorgeous tall figure with high heels and pants on."

According to the report, the woman was very upset by the incident.

"She felt there had been a gross intrusion into her personal life and that this event had caused a great amount of strain upon her marriage," the report states.

"She further stated that she felt that her security and safety had been compromised from a CBSA officer who had utilized his position to obtain her personal information for his own personal purposes."

After receiving the woman’s complaint, CBSA investigators determined that the woman had indeed come through the guard’s inspection line on Oct. 18.

Investigators also looked at the guard’s computer and found that he had contacted the woman through Facebook.

"On numerous occasions (he had) captured images and names of female travellers he had conducted primary processing on" and then sent the information to his personal e-mail account.

The report does not show exactly how many other times the guard attempted to contact female travellers through Facebook.

His name and his location was deleted from the copy of the report released to the Vancouver Sun.

CBSA officials did not say whether he was still working as a guard.

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