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Naperville man loses $200K and the girl in online scam (Illinois)
Chicago Sun-Times ^ | Feb 25, 2011 | Katie Foutz

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 didn’t 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 driver’s license from Florida.

Police said when an officer told the man the “woman” he was sending money to didn’t exist, he “was in disbelief.”


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P.T. Barnum understated.
1 posted on 02/25/2011 11:06:55 AM PST by Graybeard58
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To: Graybeard58

Spanish Prisoner.

This con is as old as the hills.


2 posted on 02/25/2011 11:08:46 AM PST by agere_contra (Historically every time the Left has 'expanded its moral imagination' the results have been horrific)
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To: Graybeard58

We need a pic of the guy.


3 posted on 02/25/2011 11:09:46 AM PST by SIDENET ("If that's your best, your best won't do." -Dee Snider)
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To: Graybeard58

How does someone amass that much dough while being blindly stupid?


4 posted on 02/25/2011 11:10:36 AM PST by Islander7 (There is no septic system so vile, so filthy, the left won't drink from to further their agenda)
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To: Graybeard58

Some people are idiots. Others are really BIG idiots.


5 posted on 02/25/2011 11:11:36 AM PST by Libloather (The epitome of civility.)
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To: Graybeard58

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.


6 posted on 02/25/2011 11:13:32 AM PST by Corin Stormhands
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To: Islander7

I wouldn’t be surprised if the nimrod took out a home-equity loan.


7 posted on 02/25/2011 11:14:04 AM PST by 12Gauge687 (Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice)
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To: Libloather

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!


8 posted on 02/25/2011 11:14:04 AM PST by Bitsy ( i)
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To: Graybeard58

9 posted on 02/25/2011 11:17:11 AM PST by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: Graybeard58

Unplug Nigeria from the Net. If Egypt can unplug, and Libya can unplug, why can’t we unplug Nigeria?


10 posted on 02/25/2011 11:18:15 AM PST by DannyTN
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To: Corin Stormhands

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


11 posted on 02/25/2011 11:19:15 AM PST by Graybeard58 (Of course Obama loves his country. The thing is, Sarah loves mine.)
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To: Graybeard58

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.


12 posted on 02/25/2011 11:20:14 AM PST by johniegrad
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To: Graybeard58; martin_fierro

13 posted on 02/25/2011 11:21:10 AM PST by JRios1968 (Laz would hit it!)
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To: Graybeard58

14 posted on 02/25/2011 11:21:50 AM PST by Emperor Palpatine (Tosca, mi fai dimenticare Iddio!!!)
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To: Graybeard58

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.


15 posted on 02/25/2011 11:24:32 AM PST by SamAdams76 (I am 17 days from outliving Vince Foster)
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To: agere_contra
It's a good one, though. All you need is a really stupid sucker.

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.

16 posted on 02/25/2011 11:24:54 AM PST by Former Proud Canadian (How do I change my screen name now that we have the most conservative government in the world?)
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To: Graybeard58

Yeppers.

He is not only a sucker, but part of a small elite group of “Super Suckers”


17 posted on 02/25/2011 11:25:49 AM PST by tennmountainman
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To: Graybeard58

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.

Colonel, USAFR


18 posted on 02/25/2011 11:27:22 AM PST by jagusafr ("We hold these truths to be self-evident...")
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To: Corin Stormhands

“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.”

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.


19 posted on 02/25/2011 11:27:43 AM PST by ModelBreaker
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To: Former Proud Canadian
That site would be http://www.419eater.com/

Great site for a good laugh.

20 posted on 02/25/2011 11:29:37 AM PST by ParityErr (It's impossible to make anything foolproof because fools are so ingenious.)
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To: Graybeard58

Does Darwin Awards have a Financial category? If so, this man may be a winner.


21 posted on 02/25/2011 11:30:45 AM PST by OB1kNOb (If all the economists were laid end to end, they would still never reach a conclusion.)
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To: Graybeard58

Darwin, meet missing link.


22 posted on 02/25/2011 11:31:16 AM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: Islander7

Union?


23 posted on 02/25/2011 11:32:28 AM PST by SgtHooper (The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list.)
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To: Corin Stormhands
This is so common, and they do it because it works. It's not stupidity, it's naivete and and good heart.

A very sweet woman I know got taken in, for only a few hundred, but that was all she had. And the mess it made - because then everyone in her contact list got letters about HER.

24 posted on 02/25/2011 11:36:02 AM PST by I still care (I miss my friends, bagels, and the NYC skyline - but not the taxes. I love the South.)
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To: Graybeard58
Breaking news !!! I found the girlfriend.


25 posted on 02/25/2011 11:38:50 AM PST by 109ACS (If this be Treason, then make the most of it. Patrick Henry, May 1765)
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To: Graybeard58

Some people need a keeper all their lives....


26 posted on 02/25/2011 11:47:52 AM PST by kittymyrib
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To: Islander7

How does someone amass that much dough while being blindly stupid?

MOST LIKELY... MOMMY AND DADDY.


27 posted on 02/25/2011 11:48:19 AM PST by Bubba (Drill STUPID Drill)
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To: I still care

20 or so years ago, some fellow put an ad in the New York Times. It read, Send me $20.00 to Po box whatever. No reason given, just send twenty bucks.
The cops finally shut him down after about 3 years and the person had pocketed a bunch of money.


28 posted on 02/25/2011 11:52:53 AM PST by Texas resident (Hunkered Down)
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To: Graybeard58

Must have been an old single man, no family, with Altheimer’s.


29 posted on 02/25/2011 11:53:32 AM PST by noah (noah)
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To: SIDENET

This reminds me of the scene from Monty Python with Sir Lancelot coming to rescue the what he thinks is a damsel in distress. After killing half the wedding crew he realizes the damsel he was wanting to rescue was the King’s son. LOL

I know some of you Monthy Python cultists have a picture.


30 posted on 02/25/2011 12:02:28 PM PST by lone star annie
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To: SIDENET

This reminds me of the scene from Monty Python with Sir Lancelot coming to rescue the what he thinks is a damsel in distress. After killing half the wedding crew he realizes the damsel he was wanting to rescue was the King’s son. LOL

I know some of you Monthy Python cultists have a picture.


31 posted on 02/25/2011 12:02:52 PM PST by lone star annie
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To: noah
The 48-year-old man...

Alzheimer’s? Horny, maybe. But not Alzheimer’s.

32 posted on 02/25/2011 12:03:22 PM PST by Libloather (The epitome of civility.)
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To: Graybeard58; lowbridge
Amateurs.

A pro can get you to wear their FReeper name on your shirt like lowbridge did with these Nigerian scammers back in 2004.


33 posted on 02/25/2011 12:11:41 PM PST by Pan_Yan
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To: ModelBreaker; Graybeard58; I still care

Yeah this guy had the same story. “Don’t tell Mom and Dad.” Said he had flown to Trinidad on a friend’s Mom’s ticket (you can’t transfer a ticket), had rented a car (you can’t rent a car if you’re 21), called her “Grandma” which is not what my son calls her.

But he managed to convince her that he didn’t sound like himself because his mouth was busted up and that the nurses were doing stitches. And unfortunately, my Mom would give her last penny to take care of her kids or grandkids.

Darnedest thing though, in my home county of about 17,000 people, about an hour after my mom wired the money, another woman...with the exact same name...did the exact same thing. You would have thought that the Western Union rep would have had enough sense to think...”hey...”

But no.


34 posted on 02/25/2011 12:23:38 PM PST by Corin Stormhands
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To: Graybeard58

I can retire early now.

I recieved three emails last week. 1.9 million from microsoft, $800,000 from the estate of John Paul Getty, and 13 million in gold bullion stolen from Iraq.

I’m waiting for the check.


35 posted on 02/25/2011 12:38:34 PM PST by Sparky21555
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To: noah
Altheimer’s.

This is what gay guys get, right?

36 posted on 02/25/2011 2:47:55 PM PST by Onelifetogive (I tweet, too...)
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To: Corin Stormhands

“He, of course, was really studying in his room at college.”

or at least in his room at college ;)


37 posted on 02/25/2011 3:03:04 PM PST by EDINVA
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To: johniegrad

You know, someone hacked my Facebook account this week. A friend called me & said she got an email from “me” claiming that I’d been robbed in Malaysia and needed $1,800 ASAP in order to pay the hotel bill. Several other friends of mine got the email too. It’s infuriating.


38 posted on 02/25/2011 7:00:57 PM PST by midnightcat
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