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Nigerian Internet dating scam and other Somerville Police news

By The Messenger-Gazette
April 17, 2010, 6:17PM

Nigerian Internet dating scam
A Somerville resident told police he was defrauded of more than $2,000 in what probably was an Internet dating scam originating in Nigeria.

According to investigators, the man reported to police on April 8 that he had been in contact with a woman, who said she lived in Nigeria, via an Internet dating service. The woman indicated she wanted to travel to the United States and requested money.

The man, police said, was suspicious and declined. The man then received and deposited a check dated March 31, 2010 for $2450 for the woman’s travel expenses. Believing the check was real and after receiving a flight itinerary indicating the woman would be traveling to the U.S., the man withdrew money on April 1 and wired $1,951 to a location provided for the woman. He wired an additional $429 on April 2.

One April 4, the man received correspondence from Bank of America that the $2450 check was fraudulent, authorities said.

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