Lexington woman loses $1M to ‘sweetheart’ scam: report


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LEXINGTON, N.C. — A Lexington woman reportedly lost $1 million to a man who was pretending to be her sweetheart online.

According to The Lexington Dispatch, the senior citizen lost the money to a man who added her as a friend on Facebook.

Using the social website, the man made the victim believe he was originally from Charlotte, but was working in Africa, The-Dispatch reports.

The man conned the victim into “repeatedly sending him money overseas,” The-Dispatch reports.  The money was supposed to cover expenses until he was paid for contract work and could return to North Carolina to marry her.

Attorney General Roy Cooper is warning North Carolinians to be wary of such scams.  The culprits typically promise love or develop a phony romance in an effort to steal the victim’s trust and money.

Read more: The-Dispatch.com

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