Niagara Gazette

November 1, 2012

Cambria woman scammed out of $250,000

STAFF REPORT
Niagara Gazette

Niagara Gazette — A Townline Road woman has been defrauded of more that a quarter of a million dollars by a man she met on a website, the Niagara County Sheriff's Office reported Wednesday.

According to the report, the victim told depities she had met a man on SeniorPeopleMeet.com on Aug. 10. He had told her that he was in the military and would be in Ghana for a little while. After a few weeks of talking, White asked her if he could deposit some money in her bank account and leave it there until he came home. 

She began to notice suspicious activity on her bank accounts and also was receiving phone calls from unknown persons. The victim said that between Oct. 1 and Oct. 31, the man used two of her accounts without her consent and opened a new one. 

She had a $240,000 line of credit withdrawn on her home equity account through Citizen's Bank and $14,000 was charged to her Capital One credit card. There was a $3,300 charge in her name on a Barclay's Bank account. The total amount of fraudulent charges is approximately $257,300.

She was advised to contact all the banks that were involved and notify them of the fraudulent activity and also advise them that no charges were authorized by her. 

The Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigation Bureau is investigating.