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Woman loses $300,000 to Nigerian scammer on Christian dating site

| Dating Scam News | January 20, 2014

A 66-year-old woman was scammed out of $300,000 by a man she met on ChristianMingle.com.  Police say a Nigerian man pretending to be British befriended the unidentified San Jose woman, then later wooed her with phone calls, texts and a flower delivery, geobeats says.

After the man suspected he had her in his grasp, he asked her for a $300,000 loan to assist him in his start-up business. Eager to help, she withdrew money from her retirement account and refinanced her home.

The man, who used a fake photo on the dating site, also created a fake website for his fraudulent business that listed the victim’s name as a company authority.

The woman caught on when she was asked to wire $200,000 more and the money went to a bank in Turkey. She alerted authorities and it led to the arrest in Turkey of an associate of the Nigerian man.

The woman was able to get the $200,000 back, but she lost $300,000 and the scammer remains at large.

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