A man in Illinois is scammed out of thousands of dollars by falling for an internet hoax.

I understand you have to be extra careful. There are so many dishonest people out there trying to cheat me out of money.

The criminals are coming up with new schemes all the time. It's hard to keep track.

Some of these deceptions have been around the block a few times. I hope people wouldn't still get fooled by them.

Unfortunately, it happens.

According to pjstar.com,

"Bilked of $8,000, a Dunlap man says he was duped by an online “romance scam” involving nude photos and videos, plus promises of gold, police said." 

It was your classic internet scam.

A man meets a woman on the internet. They start an "online" romance. The lady starts to send the gentleman nude pictures and videos of herself. He begins to give her money.

They are supposed to meet in person but it doesn't happen.

Okay, that happens quite a bit, but here's when it gets really bad.

"Later, she explained that she had inherited land and gold in Africa. However, for the gold to be released to them, he would have to send $3,000 to “the gold keepers,” the report said. He sent $3,000 to a man in Perryville, Mo."

Finally, he realizes he's being taken advantage of and giving money away for a fake relationship.

He contacts the police and they explain to him that he will probably never see that money ever again.

I remember getting this type of fake email years ago.

Please don't fall for them.

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