Man loses $200K – and the girl – in online scam
By Katie Foutz For The Sun February 24, 2011 4:02PM
Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM
Ever wonder if anyone ever responds to those e-mails?
A Naperville man is out $200,000 after wiring money to an online girlfriend he didn’t realize was a fake.
The 48-year-old man called Naperville police at 6:57 p.m. Wednesday to ask for help in rescuing the woman, whom he believed had been kidnapped in London, according to a police report.
He told police he started the relationship online 2 1/2 years ago. During that time, the man wired about $200,000 total to several different bank accounts in Nigeria, Malaysia, England and the United States, according to the police report.
An identification card the woman provided to the man was a sample driver’s license from Florida, the report said.
According to the report, when the officer stated the female did not exist, the man “was in disbelief.”
The case is under investigation.