Woman scammed out of $2,400 on MySpace site
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By MIA SIMPSON/
austin daily herald
A 44-year-old Austin woman was scammed of $2,400 from someone she met on the social networking site MySpace, according to Police Chief Paul Philipp, who said cases like these are ”next to impossible” to solve.
The report said the woman met Michael Collins, also known as Michael Collins Nathan, in September, and had been having daily conversations with him for about two months when he asked her to help him send money abroad. Collins claimed he needed help with a transaction to Nigeria, one of many places he alleged he did business worldwide.
The woman agreed to help, according to the report, and sent $2,400 via Western Union at Cashwise to a Tom Watt in Denver, Colo., after receiving six $500 traveler’s checks.
She was informed by her bank the checks were fake, she said, after she attempted to deposit five $850 money orders from a Steve Williams in Bartow, Fla. The report did not indicate where she’d again agreed to send money.
The woman said she’d worked out an arrangement to repay the $2,400 in installments of $50 a month.
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