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An American man, age 48, had led a relationship with a woman via the Internet for two and a half years despite the fact that he had never actually seen the girlfriend. He had admitted that he had not been in love with her. However, this fact did not stop him from transferring a huge amount of money to her name in a number of different countries. After the transfer the ‘girlfriend’ appeared to have disappeared so the man decided to contact the police. He expressed the concern that his ‘girlfriend’ had been kidnapped. That was when the agents told him that his girlfriend never existed.
The RIA Novosti agency has informed that the man transferred around 200.000 dollars (150.000 Euros) to multiple bank accounts in a variety of countries through the internet before realizing that it was a fraud.
The man, who lives in Naperville City, Illinois, did not want to reveal his identity. Despite the fact that he had been instructed to send money to as far places as Niger, Malaysia, Great Britain and United States, he failed to suspect that the process was a scam.
Some weeks ago the man reported the police that his girlfriend had been raped in London. Police discovered that this girl never existed because the information that she had given to him belonged to a driving license number from the Florida State. When police told him the real issue he denied believing that that could be true.
The foreign bank accounts and the alien pictures are usually used by fraudsters to strike up online romances and relationships, social networking being one of the most prominent places for such encounters.
As a consequence, some mechanisms have been put in place to deal with this type of fraud. When banks discover the fraud, the administration is able to retrieve the lost funds. If the victim finds the deception serious enough to constitute a criminal offense, they are in a position to report the damage to their local authorities.