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Nigerian Scam

This is an excerpt from the Marblehead Police Log from Thursday through Sunday.
# At 5:42 p.m. Saturday, a Beverly woman walked into the station to report she had been the victim of a Nigerian scam. The woman had found a house to rent in Marblehead on Craigslist and sent $1,400 via Western Union. She has since found out that the ad is bogus and a Nigerian scam. The homeowner, whose home she was going to rent, previously reported the scam from California where she lives and stated that there have been other victims and she removed the ad herself. The woman, who was scammed, called the number on the ad and was told by “Olisa Shanahan” from Lagos, Nigeria that he would send her the money back via Western Union. Marblehead Police advised the woman she would not see that money again.

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October 9, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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