NAPERVILLE, Illinois —– “A fool and his money”—-An Illinois man who had given his online girlfriend $200,000 “was in disbelief” when investigators told him she did not exist.
The unidentified 48-year-old Naperville man called police to say he believed the woman, with whom he had been involved in a 2 ½ -year online relationship, had been kidnapped in London, The Chicago Sun-Times reported Friday.
The mark, err… I mean the man told officers that he had sent his online lover $200,000 to different bank accounts in Nigeria, Malaysia, England and the U.S. Am I the only one who sees the names Nigeria and Malaysia and automatically think “Red Flag?”
Anyone with an email account has received those letters from people in Nigeria and Malaysia, asking you to claim bogus estates and split the profits or deposit a large check into your checking account while sending them a small portion of the check. Anyone with half a brain knows it’s a scam and just erase them.
Investigators said the ID card the woman showed the man was a simple driver’s license from Florida. Boy it is a sad state of affairs when a horny man can be duped so easily by a Florida driver’s license and a whiff of online romance.
The man “was in disbelief” when officers told him the woman was not real, police said.
The moral of this story, a fool and his money are soon parted. A lesson learned by a lonely man in Naperville, Illinois.Tags: duped, Illinois, Man sent $200K to fake Girlfriend, Naperville, offbeat news, Online Girlfriend, Scam