A 46-year-old Commerce woman, who lost $13,700 in a scam to a person she met in a Christian dating website, told a Jackson County sheriff’s deputy she felt “stupid and embarrassed” that she fell for the scheme.
The woman met with the deputy last Saturday to explain she met the man on the website and had been communicating with him since March 24, although they had never met in person.
In April, the man told the woman that his father in Malaysia had died and left him money in a will, but that he needed help paying lawyer fees to get the money, according to the report.
The woman, explaining she felt sorry for him, deposited $2,000 on April 11 into a bank account he provided, but two days later, he needed more money, so she gave him another $3,000.
When the man sent her a text saying he needed money for a plane ticket to Malaysia, she took out a loan for $8,700 and deposited the money into a banking account he provided, according to the report.
The woman told the officer that when her daughter came for visit, she told her about the man, but not about sending him money. The daughter went online to investigate her mother’s friend and found that the photo of the man,was actually a man in New Jersey.
The victim then called the New Jersey resident, who explained he had never contacted her and someone must have created a fake account using his picture.
Furthermore, the man told the woman had had received similar calls about someone using his picture and asking people for money, deputies said.