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GROTTOES – They say love is blind.

Recently, a Grottoes man found that out the hard way.

According to the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office, the 52-year-old man reported Wednesday that he’d been fleeced out of more than $40,000 by an online “girlfriend” he never met.

“He was pretty upset,” said Lt. Aaron Le Veck, a spokesperson for the sheriff’s office.

Le Veck said the man met the woman in October while on an unidentified online dating site. 

“Supposedly the woman was in Russia,” the lieutenant said.

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The two texted, emailed and even spoke by phone. Eventually, the woman told the man she’d inherited “family valuables,” a report said. But in order to have the valuables released to her, she needed money to cover certain transfer fees.

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