A Lewiston woman is out more than $6,000 after she reportedly fell victim to an online scam originating from Nigeria. Lewiston Police Sgt. Rick Fuentes says the unidentified woman reported the fraud to officials yesterday morning, and told them she had been talking to the male since June or July and had grown fond of him.
Even though they did not personally know each other, the man began asking for money from the woman and she agreed to send it to him.
“The reason he was asking for money [was] because the federal government was going to arrest him for federal drug charges,” Fuentes says.
The woman sent the money via Western Union to Nigeria. She reported the fraud because she felt she was getting duped into wiring it to him.
This is part of a widespread internet scam. The Federal Trade Commission says the foreign scammers set up dating profiles to meet potential victims.
“After they form a “relationship,” they come up with reasons to ask their love interest to set up a new bank account,” the agency says.
If you believe you are a victim, report it at ftc.gov/complaint – click on Scams and Rip-Offs, then select Romance Scams.