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Published May 18, 2012, 05:08 PM

Grand Forks Police: Woman Loses $20,000 in Romance Scam

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — Grand Forks police say a North Dakota woman has been bilked out of at least $20,000 in a romance scam.

By: Associated Press,

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — Grand Forks police say a North Dakota woman has been bilked out of at least $20,000 in a romance scam.

Detective Mike Flannery tells KNOX radio that the 72-year-old woman thought she was wiring money to a male friend overseas. The con man told her he needed the cash to come to the U.S.

After receiving the money, he requested another $50,000 to help his ailing mother in Nigeria before relocating to North Dakota.

Flannery says there's a chance the woman's bank will be able to stop the second transaction to limit the woman's loss to $20,000.

The Internet Crime Complaint Center estimates romance scams netted some $50 million in 2011.


Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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