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SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — A San Jose woman bilked out of 0,000 by a Nigerian scam artist on a dating website luckily recovered 0,000 from a bank in Turkey, according to the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office.
The case of the 66-year-old woman conned out of her money through a meeting on Christian should serve as a warning about fraud schemes on international dating sites, Deputy District Attorney Cherie Bourland said.
The bank the next day reported that when a man named Wisdom Onokpite, a Nigerian national, came in to withdraw the money, bank officials contacted Turkish National Police, who arrested him on suspicion of committing fraud, Bourland said.
“When we heard someone had been arrested, our mouths dropped,” Bourland said.
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