Online Romance Scam Suckers Bereft Man Out of $200,000
The heart- (and bank account-) breaking scam cost the man more than $200,000, but he did ignore a variety of sketchy signifiers. Perhaps the most glaring sign was that he'd never actually met the "woman." And, the jet-setting (although mysteriously destitute) girlfriend also requested that he wire his monetary gifts to exotic locations, including Nigeria, Malaysia, England and the United States.
The victim, who initially contacted police after his imaginary girlfriend was supposedly kidnapped, was reportedly "in disbelief" when authorities told him the truth. Hopefully, though, he'll apply that attitude of disbelief to future situations involving unknown entities and, most importantly, hundreds of thousands of dollars.