resident has reported a possible attempt to defraud him, Chesterton Police
police, on Monday the man advised that, for some time, he’s been involved in
an online dating relationship with a woman whom he knows as Jenny.
Except that her
name may actually be Monica. “Ultimately, (the man) is not 100-percent
positive of the female’s identity.”
The resident has
also had contact with a man calling himself Frank and representing himself
to be Jenny’s--or Monica’s--attorney. But “Frank’s identity has also been
called into question and is not positively known,” police said.
“While in the
relationship, (the resident) would occasionally send money or other items to
what he believed to be (Jenny’s [or Monica’s]) residence in Tennessee,”
police said. “During that time, (the resident) did advise he thought Frank
had attempted, once, to breach security and access bank information but the
“continued the relationship,” police noted.
two months ago, Jenny (or Monica) and Frank moved to Ghana on the West
African coast, where they asked the resident to purchase iTunes cards on
their behalf and forward them to Ghana. And on March 16 the two did appear
to make a genuine deposit into the resident’s bank account of $6,115.43.
With $1,500 of that money, the resident duly purchased iTunes cards, which
he has not yet forwarded. He also purchased “what he believed to be food
items” for Jenny (or Monica) and Frank, through Ghanamart Inc., in four
separate transactions totaling $1,145.68.
“In total, out of
the $6,115.43 deposited into his card account, he spent $2,645.68 on items
for his African friends,” police said.
however, “now believes that he is somehow being manipulated and unwittingly
involved in a fraud” and accordingly reported the activities to his bank.
Yet, as of Monday, the resident has not incurred any financial loss and
still maintains in his account the balance of the original deposit. But his
bank is “undetermined if those funds will be released to him,” police said.
The resident’s bank
account and his credit bureaus have been placed on high alert.