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7/18/2014 8:01:00 AM
Prescott Valley man tricked out of $8,800 by person claiming to be stranded in Nigeria
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PRESCOTT VALLEY, Arizona - A man who thought he was helping a woman stranded in Nigeria lost more than $8,700 when he repeatedly sent her money, finally stopping when his wife called authorities.

The man, 69, told sheriff's deputies he befriended a person online he believed to be a woman in Nigeria by email several weeks earlier, according to YCSO spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn. The suspect told him she had lost her passport, money and other personal property, and claimed she was "stuck" in Nigeria, D'Evelyn said.

She first asked the victim for $1,000 for airfare and processing fees, which he sent on July 2 via Western Union.

She continued asking him to send more, and he did, on July 5, 6, and 10, D'Evelyn said.

When the suspect requested $4,000 the next day, the victim told his wife what had been going on and she called YCSO, D'Evelyn said.

"These scams are difficult to investigate because they generally involve the use of public computers by suspects in countries where law enforcement intervention in fraud cases is rare," D'Evelyn said.

There are currently no suspects.

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