Lockport Union-Sun & Journal Online

November 2, 2012

Cambria woman bilked of $250,000

ON LINE DATING SERVICE: Man asks to put money in her account, takes more than quarter million.

STAFF REPORTS
Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — CAMBRIA — 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 the patrol that she had met a man who gave the name of “Kenny White” on SeniorPeopleMeet.com on Aug. 10. White 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, White 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She had a $240,000 line of credit withdrawn on her home equity account through Citizen’s Bank and $14,000 was charged to her Capital One credit card.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 also 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 Criminal Investigation Bureau is investigating.