Fake girlfriend scams man out of $200K in Naperville
By Katie Foutz For Sun-Times Media February 26, 2011 3:40PM
Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM
NAPERVILLE — A Naperville man is out $200,000 after wiring money to an online girlfriend he didn’t realize was a fake.
The 48-year-old man called Naperville police Wednesday to ask for help rescuing the woman, who he believed had been kidnapped in London, police said.
He told police he started the online relationship 21/2 years ago. Since then, he had wired about $200,000 total to different bank accounts in Nigeria, Malaysia, England and the United States, police said. An identification card the woman gave him ended up being a sample driver’s license from Florida.
Police said when an officer told the man the “woman” he was sending money to didn’t exist, he “was in disbelief.”