LCSO Warns Of Online Scams
A recent scam that cost a Raymond woman $27,000 has authorities urging you to use caution when transferring money abroad. Sheriff Terry Wagner says the 54-year-old woman, who met the scammer on cupid.com, wired several thousand dollars to the Philippines and England to help someone that she thought was trying to cash in on a $5 million inheritance. The scammer claimed to be a travelling civil engineer who needed help paying fees associated with his late mother’s estate, among other things. Although they had never met face to face, the woman wired money on the promise that it would all be paid back in time. She was even sent a check from the scammers to help pay her credit card bills; the check bounced. Sheriff Wagner wants to remind the public that international money transfers are very risky, especially when you don’t know the person you are sending money to. He said that cases like this not only have a high monetary risk, but also an emotional one as trust can be easily betrayed by online scammers.