Skip to comments.Naperville man loses $200K — and the girl — in online scam (Illinois)
Posted on 02/25/2011 11:06:51 AM PST by Graybeard58
A Naperville man is out $200,000 after wiring money to an online girlfriend he didnt realize was a fake.
The 48-year-old man called Naperville police Wednesday to ask for help rescuing the woman, who he believed had been kidnapped in London, police said.
He told police he started the online relationship 2 1/2 years ago. Since then, he had wired about $200,000 total to several different bank accounts in Nigeria, Malaysia, England and the United States, police said. An identification card the woman provided to him ended up being a sample drivers license from Florida.
Police said when an officer told the man the woman he was sending money to didnt exist, he was in disbelief.
This con is as old as the hills.
We need a pic of the guy.
How does someone amass that much dough while being blindly stupid?
Some people are idiots. Others are really BIG idiots.
My Mom recently wired $3000 to Trinidad because someone posting as my son called and told her he was there in the hospital after a car accident. But she’s an 81 year old grandmother who was worried about her grandson.
He, of course, was really studying in his room at college.
I wouldn’t be surprised if the nimrod took out a home-equity loan.
I need that guys e-mail address. He sounds like a guy I could have a good long distance relationship with;) - On the other hand, I just couldn’t handle are real dope!
Unplug Nigeria from the Net. If Egypt can unplug, and Libya can unplug, why can’t we unplug Nigeria?
Someone tried the same thing on my 90 year old mother. Posed as one of her many grand children. He wanted $5,000 to bail out of jail, she told him that she would call his father - “Oh, no grandma, don’t do that”.
She did anyway and the scam was exposed. He picked on the wrong person, my mom would be hard pressed to come up with that kind of money
Somebody hacked my FaceBook account and changed the password. He then contacted all my friends and told them I had been mugged in London and please send money. He changed the password at 0422 hours and by 0545 hours someone had called me at work to make sure I was OK. My secretary then got text messages from him until she informed him I was standing next to her while he was texting her.
I think the Chicago Sun-Times has 4th-graders writing their news articles for them. Check out the link for full article, it’s about four paragraphs and tells you absolutely nothing of substance.
There is a group of people who are turning the tables on the Nigerian fraudsters. They sent one of them on a wild goose chase to Malawi to pick up a "missionary" who would pay him off. They left the fraudster penniless and hungry and holding a sign denigrating allah in a moslem country. Looked good on him.
He is not only a sucker, but part of a small elite group of “Super Suckers”
My parents got scammed in a similar manner, but it was an email ostensibly from friends of theirs who’d been mugged in London, all their money stolen, could my folks wire them some money for plane tix. Then it was, “now we have to pay for the hotel”. The third time, my dad (an old intel type) finally figured it out. His loyalty and readiness to help out friends in need overcame his natural suspicion. Cost my folks $4K.
“My Mom recently wired $3000 to Trinidad because someone posting as my son called and told her he was there in the hospital after a car accident. But shes an 81 year old grandmother who was worried about her grandson. He, of course, was really studying in his room at college.”
Someone tried a similar scam on my dad (84) except from the Dominican Republic. It was pretty slick. The guy posing as my nephew asked my Dad not to call his parents (my brother) so they wouldn’t worry. What made it effective is that if anyone could end up in trouble in the Dominican Republic, it would be this particular nephew.
Dad had the good sense to call me and get a second opinion. I suggested we call the parents anyway. My nephew was asleep at home.
Great site for a good laugh.
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