Trenton Woman Meets Man Online, Duped Out of More Than $2,500

The following information was supplied by the Trenton Police Department. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.

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.

For questions on the police blotter email natestemen@patch.com.

crime reporter September 16, 2012 at 09:09 PM
With all the info out there on these scams how can this 49 year old women fall to this? Especially Nigeria
Becky Whyte September 17, 2012 at 11:50 AM
jeanne September 17, 2012 at 12:32 PM
everyone should know you never send money to anyone out of the country you have never met before and you always make sure a check clears and the funds are available before you trade it for cash


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