Franklin man loses $6,000 in scam

A Franklin man lost nearly $6,000 in a scam to someone pretending to be a military member asking for help cashing an inheritance check.

The man told police that he had met a woman online who claimed to be deployed with the U.S. Air Force and needed assistance cashing inheritance checks, a Franklin Police Department report said.

The woman asked the man to send her nearly $6,000 in money orders, which the man sent in $500 increments, the report said.

The man became suspicious when the name on the money orders didn’t match the name of the woman he was talking to online, but didn’t report the fraud until he found that he was unable to cash a check from the woman, the report said.

The money order receipts showed that they were being sent to Nigeria, the report said.

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Jacob Tellers is a reporter at the Daily Journal. He can be reached at jtellers@dailyjournal.net or 317-736-2702.