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Sign of the Times: Local Woman Reports 'Catfish Scam'

A local woman called police Tuesday to report that she had become the victim of a catfish scam.

In what has become something of a growing social trend, a woman reportedly called the Salem Police Department Tuesday to report that she had been duped out of money by a man she met through an online dating site. 

According to the department's daily police log, at 9:41 a.m. Tuesday, a Salem woman called police to report that she was worried that she had become the victim of an online scam.

The woman told officers that a man she met on Match.com on Feb. 1. told her that he was leaving on a business trip to London to purchase diamonds and he somehow persuaded her to send $979 to a woman in Florida through Moneygram.

The woman went on to tell police that the man then asked her for $650 and then $1,000 for a variety of reasons, including needing to buy a plane ticket.

On Feb. 6, the woman said an edible arrangement apparently shipped by the man she met online arrived at her door and when she checked with the company to see where it came from - all they could tell her was that the order was made out of Lincoln, Neb.

An investigation into the incident is ongoing, according to this morning's police log post.

Bill February 13, 2013 at 06:47 PM
Darwin's theories are alive and well in Salem
Kim February 14, 2013 at 08:33 PM
I am amazed every time I see that someone falls for this. It's sad in one respect that this person is in such need for love that they would believe someone's lies. On the other hand, I just want to smack them across the head for being so gullible.

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