A Gretna woman thought she found love online, but instead a suspected scam artist tricked her into sending money and he wants more. It's a fraud that might be targeting other single men and women.
A lonely hearts con man found Cindy on Facebook, using hundreds of emails to woo her. “It’s sad that I fell for it, I did. He told me what I wanted to hear.”
He painted a picture of a single father working overseas needing money to get back and she sent it to him. “More than I want to admit, a lot.” The con man stole Cindy's money after stealing her heart. “For every day when I arrive I yearn to be with you,” she read from a poem he sent.
Poems and flowers sent by the suspected online con man led to the name of someone in Kansas City, but that lead wilted when he said his debit card number had been stolen and used to make purchases from London.
Credit Advisors has clients trying to climb out of debt after falling for scams. “This is on her until she can prove and dispute it and claim it as fraud,” says Michaela Harper with Credit Advisors.
Cindy filed a Lincoln police report, but a federal postal inspector says an arrest will be difficult. “These people are outside our jurisdiction, in countries that don't cooperate with us, don't have extradition treaties or not interested because they're so corrupt,” says U.S. Postal Inspector Dave Margritz.
The photos and sincerity, probably fake. “I wish he had the gonads to show up at my door.” Cindy wants to warn others about a con artist who broke her heart and bank account. “They've learned how to hook you and this one did it, he did it good.”
Cindy says the con artist continues to text daily, wanting her to open a joint bank account so he can have easier access to her money. Investigators say don't ever do that and even if they use an address in this country they’re most likely overseas.