Scammers target people looking for love online

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by HONORA SWANSON & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on December 28, 2012 at 10:12 AM

Updated Friday, Dec 28 at 10:45 AM


Spokane Valley, Wash – A woman in Spokane Valley became involved in an international scam while looking for love. She met a man on a dating website and police say she unintentionally became involved in a crime ring.
 
Susanne Davis said she was on Ourtime.com and met the man she wanted to be with. He went by the name of Greg, and told her he lived in South Africa. The couple met on the dating website in February. Greg told Davis he would move to the United States to be with her once he got the money.
 
Authorities said Greg sent packages to Davis' house to make that money. The packages were stuffed full of items like laptops and antiques. Davis' job was to be the middle man and mail the packages to another destination. Police say it's all part of an elaborate scam making it difficult to track down stolen goods.
 
Detectives found that some of the dating site criminals even send victims stolen credit cards they are instructed to use to buy expensive items, ship them out, and destroy the cards.
 
“(The criminals) probably never really touch the stuff they just have someone do it for them. Yet, when it is all said and done the money comes back to them,” Spokane Valley detective Mark Renz said.
           
Davis said she had no idea the packages were part of a scam until she tried to mail them with FedEx. The company told her the account Greg told her to use was fraudulent. Davis then called the police.
 
Detectives said Davis is not in trouble. However, she could have faced charges for trafficking stolen items had she mailed the packages.

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