Patricia Meister, 64, from Queensland, Australia, received a friend request in 2015 from someone she thought was an Italian businessman.
The pair struck up a conversation that blossomed into much more for the single woman. “I’d never been on dating websites, and I only used Facebook for business. So when I got the friend request, I thought it couldn’t do any harm, can it?” she told Daily Mail Australia.
But sadly, it did do harm. The man posing as an Italian businessman ended up being a Nigerian scam artist.
The pair talked daily and even spoke over the phone. In no time, he started asking her for small sums of money.
After eight weeks, he had asked for $800, which Patricia handed over.
But the amounts kept increasing. Soon enough, Patricia had given the stranger $100,000 without ever meeting him. Unfortunately, it was too late before she realized she had been scammed. She’s now warning others who may fall into the same trap.
Keep scrolling to read Patricia’s story and see how she is trying to prevent the same thing from happening to others.
[H/T: Daily Mail]
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