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Woman loses $5K to internet ‘friend’



JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — An elderly woman told police Dec. 19 that she had been scammed out of $5,000 by a man who claimed to live in Dubai and needed money to leave.

The woman said that she began talking to the man in September over email, and the man explained that he lived in Dubai. After several emails and developing a friendship, the man requested $3,000 so he could buy gems. She sent him the money.

In early December, the man once again asked for assistance. He said he needed money to leave Dubai.

The man sent her two moneygrams for $900 each, which she deposited. One of them cleared.

A few days later, the woman sent three wire transfers of $900 each to three different addresses in Texas, Ohio and Maryland. Two were picked up, but the one from Ohio was not.

After the woman wired the money, she was notified that the man’s second moneygram was declined and listed as counterfeit. It was then, she said, that she realized she had been scammed.

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