A 48-year-old Naperville man is $200,000 lighter after wiring that amount to a fake online girlfriend he thought had been kidnapped in London, according to The Herald News . It wasn't a lump sum payment, but a series of payments made over time as the scammer bled the now broken-hearted would-be lover dry.
The un-named man called the police asking for help rescuing the woman from her kidnappers. It didn't take long for them to figure out that the woman he was sending money to was a fake, leaving him "in disbelief." He told police the online relationship started 2 and a half years ago, during which time he wired various payments totaling around $200,000. And if that wasn't enough of a red flag, he had been wiring the money to different bank accounts in Nigeria, Malaysia, England, and the United States.