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Man loses $200,000 to fake 'girlfriend' met online

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 26 Feb 2011 17:44 User comments (36)

Man loses $200,000 to fake 'girlfriend' met online The Chicago Sun-Times posted a remarkable blurb this week, one in which a man from Naperville, Illinois was conned out of $200,000 by his "online girlfriend."
Last week, the 48-year old man called Naperville police because he believed his girlfriend had been kidnapped somewhere around London.

In explaining the situation, the man told police that he started the online relationship 2.5 years ago, and over the course of the relationship he wired over $200,000 to the woman's bank accounts.

The bank accounts were in England, the U.S., Malaysia, and you guessed it, Nigeria.

When the police asked for any pictures or ID to help them find her, the copy of a driver's license he produced turned out to be a sample ID from Florida.

When officers told him he had been conned and his girlfriend did not really exist he "was in disbelief."

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36 user comments

126.2.2011 18:10

Lol, now that's a news story.

226.2.2011 19:37

never meet people online and give the $. Even after you meet them in person don't give em $. Let them give you $, then at least you know you ain't conned. Or at the very least ain't conned first.

326.2.2011 19:48

:(

426.2.2011 20:22

P T Barnum said it best...

There is a sucker born every minute.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/There%27s_a_sucker_born_every_minute.

Seems it as true in the 1800' and still holds true today...


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526.2.2011 20:26

Ouch!!! That must have sucked.


Razengan!!!

626.2.2011 20:26

Seems he has lots of money to spare considering he's from Naperville. Serves him right.

726.2.2011 22:34

Quote:

When officers told him he had been conned and his girlfriend did not really exist he "was in disbelief."

How does someone with the IQ of a humming bird get $200K?


827.2.2011 6:35

Originally posted by KillerBug:
Quote:

When officers told him he had been conned and his girlfriend did not really exist he "was in disbelief."

How does someone with the IQ of a humming bird get $200K?
That's what I was wondering! lol

Its a lot easier being righteous than right.


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927.2.2011 10:19

Wow what a moron...


Just my $0.02,

dEwMe

1027.2.2011 12:06

Originally posted by Jemborg:
Originally posted by KillerBug:
Quote:

When officers told him he had been conned and his girlfriend did not really exist he "was in disbelief."

How does someone with the IQ of a humming bird get $200K?
That's what I was wondering! lol
Inheritance.... I remember there is a passages in Ecclesiastes a father works and saves to build his wealth over his life, only for his son to inherit and waste it...
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1127.2.2011 13:23
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The comment above regarding 'inheritance' is just dumb. Stay relevant and spare us next time.

1227.2.2011 13:47

Nothin better to do and out 200k what a waste.

1327.2.2011 14:57

Originally posted by SomeBozo:


Inheritance.... I remember there is a passages in Ecclesiastes a father works and saves to build his wealth over his life, only for his son to inherit and waste it...
Originally posted by lissenup2:
The comment above regarding 'inheritance' is just dumb. Stay relevant and spare us next time.
i thought it was relevant. clearly states the stupidity of people who get a windfall of money. i had a friend who inherited a great deal of money when his mother died. he didn't really have anything before that no job or anything. he had joked about completely blowing it all in a short amount of time. 60k of it in particular on a stripper named Kandi.

1427.2.2011 15:08

Originally posted by Ryoohki:
Originally posted by SomeBozo:


Inheritance.... I remember there is a passages in Ecclesiastes a father works and saves to build his wealth over his life, only for his son to inherit and waste it...
Originally posted by lissenup2:
The comment above regarding 'inheritance' is just dumb. Stay relevant and spare us next time.
i thought it was relevant. clearly states the stupidity of people who get a windfall of money. i had a friend who inherited a great deal of money when his mother died. he didn't really have anything before that no job or anything. he had joked about completely blowing it all in a short amount of time. 60k of it in particular on a stripper named Kandi.

I think it is only that the objection is that it comes from the Bible. Typical of people that say they are "Open minded" but really closed to anything that might come from the Bible, regardless if the point is true or not. Very typical of people that are open to only there close minded opinion.

1527.2.2011 15:26

Some people with money are too stupid to have it. He may be a lonely @ss and disconnected from the "Online-Girlfriend" but he is also a moron, in a Never-Never-Land !

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Live Free or Die.
The rule above all the rules is: Survive !
Capitalism: Funnel most of the $$$ to the already rich.

1627.2.2011 15:57

Originally posted by lissenup2:
The comment above regarding 'inheritance' is just dumb. Stay relevant and spare us next time.
hey,no need to be nasty.this isnt exactly a tech question.he was answering the question of the poster before him.i would say that is relevent enough for this discussion.

1727.2.2011 22:23

Originally posted by SomeBozo:
Originally posted by Ryoohki:
Originally posted by SomeBozo:


Inheritance.... I remember there is a passages in Ecclesiastes a father works and saves to build his wealth over his life, only for his son to inherit and waste it...
Originally posted by lissenup2:
The comment above regarding 'inheritance' is just dumb. Stay relevant and spare us next time.
i thought it was relevant. clearly states the stupidity of people who get a windfall of money. i had a friend who inherited a great deal of money when his mother died. he didn't really have anything before that no job or anything. he had joked about completely blowing it all in a short amount of time. 60k of it in particular on a stripper named Kandi.

I think it is only that the objection is that it comes from the Bible. Typical of people that say they are "Open minded" but really closed to anything that might come from the Bible, regardless if the point is true or not. Very typical of people that are open to only there close minded opinion.

I didn't mind a reference to teh Bible, even though I'm a fundamentalist atheist, it's still part of western cultural history... especially it's quotes. Even Dawkins agrees.

@Ryoohki, lol, if you've never had money it's seems hard to hold onto. There are tons of stories of people with huge lottery wins (in the millions) who, astoundingly enough, manage to blow all it in a couple of years. Kandi (communist?), probably had utter contempt for him too, heh.



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Its a lot easier being righteous than right.


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1827.2.2011 22:35

lissenup2, SomeBozo's post is relevant so knock it off as i'm not in a good mood at the moment.

1928.2.2011 8:56

Meh at the end of the day you can only be responsible for your actions. Don't blame others for your own failings do what you can nothing more nothing less.


Copyright infringement is nothing more than civil disobedience to a bad set of laws. Lets renegotiate them.

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2028.2.2011 11:34

Its sad to say these gangs have long used dating sites to lure and then scam people to death.

Im not sure how this guy feel for it, every time they have tried it on me its been a poor attempt at a scam, ive turn the tables on them, told them where they really were, strangely they go away after that....

2128.2.2011 12:04

Originally posted by plazma247:
Its sad to say these gangs have long used dating sites to lure and then scam people to death.

Im not sure how this guy feel for it, every time they have tried it on me its been a poor attempt at a scam, ive turn the tables on them, told them where they really were, strangely they go away after that....
I rent a rooms in my house and i would say 10% of all inquiries are from scammers asking what are the expenses or 'x' months and damage deposit... Not sure why but they want to send a package to me, i assume with some of there stuff in it (right)... Long story short I play along with them too, but i'm just too lazy to head down to the police station I gave for my address :)

2228.2.2011 14:07

hehe :)

Yeah, thats a good one man. lol also a good ones is get some spoofcard credits, not sure if this is legal in all places in the world...

... but call the scammers with a spoofed number and make sure they have the caller id and plan to call you back on it.

:) although ive not used that one in while.... its great fun seeing who you can get them to call up .... hehe

At the end of the day if you know you got scammed it wasn't a good scam or you were tooo blind to see it, largely the idiots playing the numbers games like this poor fool that fell fowl are probably going to have a collective IQ in digits lower than ive got fingers.

LOL the best one ever was the bloke who scammed the Nigerian gold scammers back for gold, that was pure class.

234.3.2011 12:04

I,ll be your girlfriend, but I need 100,000 for a "Make Over"

244.3.2011 12:57

TonyElyod... OK... let me just add you as joint signatory on my bank account and send you a credit card...

254.3.2011 13:25

Dont forget to include your pin number, account code, sort code and internet loging password so the aherm special checks can be ran.

264.3.2011 13:30

Will even post my spare house keys and e-mail my address... Am going away for a few day and want you to make yourself at home if you fancy house-sitting for me!

274.3.2011 13:45

If you could make sure that while your there you dont go into the garage because my prised and almost priceless farrari collections in there.

285.3.2011 1:17

LOL

Tell the truth, I do feel a little sorry for the poor lonely shmuck.


Its a lot easier being righteous than right.


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295.3.2011 8:44

There are still people that can get fooled????
we are living in space age technology.

305.3.2011 21:20

sucker born every minute.

316.3.2011 8:38

Sad he must have been a right sad case to be that desperate for a burd!

Crikey and I thought I was desperado;
lol

326.3.2011 8:52

Thinking out aloud what would be really useful is a picture they used to represent who scammed him, others are probably falling for the same scam as i type lol.

Not that they couldnt use another picture of someone else, but it would stop them from hitting more people who already know them as that person.

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337.3.2011 18:10

In this day and age, after decades of e-mail scams being in the news nearly constantly... I have no sympathy!

If you're the sort of person who thinks its in any way NORMAL to throw money at an e-mail contact with nothing more then easily forged photographs... you're really NOT the sort of person who should be allowed to have money in the first place!

347.3.2011 20:23

Or the sort of person who should be allowed internet access!

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3510.3.2011 4:55

edited by ddp! For $200k large ill pretend to be your girlfriend online too. Hell ill even wear a wig and lipstick. Fuq it ill do it in person ... after all its a down economy ;)

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3610.3.2011 19:36

Yes but will you take it up the bot bot if he asks for that 200k thats the big question?
>;o)

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