Told the woman he loved never existed, the man was stunned. He's fallen for a long-term internet scam.
The 48-year-old man called Naperville police at 6:57 p.m. Wednesday to ask for help in rescuing the woman, whom he believed had been kidnapped in London, according to a police report.
He told police he started the relationship online 2 1/2 years ago. During that time, the man wired about $200,000 total to several different bank accounts in Nigeria, Malaysia, England and the United States...
This could be taken as a variant of the "Kids, don't trust anyone online" story, with a Nigerian scam twist. But is it fearsome? This post and following comments suggest not, that the Illinois fellow's scamming merits derision instead of dread.
But pair it with yesterday's Facebook story, about people desperately seeking emotional connections through the internet, and it could seem more sinister.