Police: Woman duped by overseas ‘fiance’
A Madison woman lost $1,600 to an overseas scam artist who wanted to ship her an engagement ring.
The woman is in her 60s and on a fixed income. She told police she was corresponding with a suitor who called himself Matt Campbell for months via Facebook. The scammer told her he needed a box to ship her an engagement ring, and she wired the money.
The scammer responded by telling her that she was now involved in a money laundering criminal syndicate and that she would be exposed to the authorities if she did not send more cash.
Police urge caution when sending money to other countries to people they have never met.