A 49-year-old Trenton woman reported a man she'd met online had tricked her out of more than $2,500 on Sept. 5 in the 3300 block of Van Horn Road.
The woman told police she met a man online who said he was from Nigeria. After chatting with the man for a few months she sent him some of her own money, via Western Union, for his own personal expenses.
A few days before the man was supposed to visit the woman in Michigan he asked if she could accept a check for him because he could not cash a check and to send him the funds via Western Union, according to a Trenton police report.
The woman said she cashed the check at Shore to Shore Credit Union and sent two transactions via Western Union for $390 and $2,155.
She told police she began to feel something was wrong and called the bank written on the check and a representative of the bank told her the check was not good.
The woman said she panicked because she already sent the man who "she thought liked her" about $2,500, according to the same report.
Police said all the Western Union money grams were sent to Lagos, Nigeria.
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