Man loses money in online scam

A Greenwood man lost more than $3,500 in an online scam, police said.

The man reported to police on Monday that he had been texting and messaging with a woman in Nigeria for several months, according to the police report.

The woman recently told him she had to go on a business trip to Africa, and asked if she could send him a check, and then he would wire her money, the report said.

He agreed, and the woman sent him a check for $4,000, which was deposited into his checking account. He then wired her $3,500, but later found out the check was fake and his account was overdrawn by more than $4,000, the report said.

The man also told police he had previously given the woman $400, the report said.

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Annie Goeller is managing editor of the Daily Journal. She can be reached at or 317-736-2718.