Retired man loses $35,000 in scam: report

JONESBORO, Ark. – A scammer hit the jackpot when he found a 60-year-old man online who wired the scammer $35,000 to buy “diamonds.”

The scam went down in June but the report was made with JPD Officer Brad Rossman on Monday, July 24 at the front desk of the department on Caraway Road. The retired man from of East Prairie, Missouri said he was contacted by an unknown person claiming to be “Dora Morgan” about purchasing diamonds for an investment. This was later learned to be a false ID. The man said he had several weeks of conversations via email with a person.

On June 15, 2017, the retired man came to the Bank of America, 2500 East Highland Drive in Jonesboro, to wire money to “Dora” for the “diamonds.” He sent a wire transfer to this person  for a total of $20,000.

Another transfer was made totaling $15,000 to the same person, the report goes on to say.

The man needed to file the report regarding the scam to seek assistance from federal authorities, the report said.

Theft of $25,000 or more is a felony.


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