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Nigerian Scammers Invite Women To Buy US Soldiers Out Of Iraq: Some Fall For It

by | 1st, February 2011

NIGERIAN scammers have a new ruse. Having brought us MSN employee Susan Boyle, the trickers now introduce us to US Sgt Mark Ray Smith, a soldier serving with the US military in Iraq.

Kate Roberts, of Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, met Ray on the Friends Reunited website. Says she:

“Aside from losing the money, I feel like I’ve lost the love of my life. I know he wasn’t real but the feelings were real to me and that’s very difficult to come to terms with.”

Ms Roberts’s fall began when she clicked the ‘Find someone perfect for you’ on the site back in October 2009. She was hooked up with Ray, presented as a 43-year-old widower serving in Iraq. He had an 11-year-old daughter. She saw photos of them. After chatting, Roberts sent him £225 for a phone line.

Smith wanted to be with her. He told her that he needed money to buy his way out of the US military. So. Between October 2009 and July 2010, Roberts sent him £80,000.

She then set up a £12,000 money transfer to pay for his flight to the UK. Only now did she grow suspicious. She asked her phone company to trace his number. They did. She had been calling Nigeria.

Now, if she can just get the £30,000 to head to Nigeria and find out what kind of covert operation is going on over there…



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