Facebook 'Friend' Swindles Troy Woman Out of $62,100
March 8th, 2018, 7:12 AM
It's hard to believe people are so gullible. This is a story about a Troy woman who met a stranger on Facebook and gave him $62,100.
Aileen Wingblad writes in The Oakland Press:
Troy police report that the woman, 63, met the crook via Facebook and had at least one video chat with him. His first money request was for a $100 gift card that he said was for his granddaughter.
After she sent him the card, the man contacted her again and sent he had been sent to Dubai where he was robbed by a taxi driver and needed money. In response, she wired him $7,000.
She next sent him $20,000, which he said he needed because his car broke down and had to be shipped to China. Finally, she wired him $35,000 after he told her he had millions of dollars in shipping containers in China which he had to retrieve. He next asked for $1,500 to help a friend, but she declined because her checking account was empty. The man then stopped talking.
The victim contacted Troy police March 1, but detectives say it's tough to find and prosecute the online culprit.