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If you believe you've gotten this message in error, please Log In. Kroger employees stopped her from falling victim to the scheme. An unknown person sent this photograph to a St. Albans woman in an attempt to scam her.
The photo is edited to protect its subjects, who may have had their image stolen. Click isupportlocal for more information on supporting our local journalists. Albans woman fell in love with a man who never existed.
Along with her sanity, the woman almost lost thousands of dollars. Debra Perry, 63, received s, text messages and photographs from a man who introduced himself as Hartmann Gray in late December.
He sent Perry a message and claimed to be on a peace mission overseas, where he supposedly battled the Islamic State Group and constant loneliness. Gray said his wife died and left him to care for their daughter. Perry had to pawn her.
Perry still has photographs sent by Gray — possibly stolen from a real soldier who posted them online. Some depicted a brawny man in a military uniform, and others featured a little blond-haired girl. Gray then ramped up his stories and demands.
He claimed his parents died in a car wreck, and that his father left behind two metallic briefcases full of money. A plan was in place: she would visit the Kroger in St. Albans and send the money via Western Union. The plan fell apart when a store employee caught on to the scam.
Though the scams are not common, she said, the staff will ask questions when someone tries to make a suspicious payment. Where is the money going? Did you meet the recipient online? Have you ever met the person in real life?
Sometimes people want to make an urgent payment on their house or taxes after receiving a fake notice in the mail. And, in one case, the employees heard from someone who lost thousands of dollars to an online dating scam. Lewis said scammers view fraud as a career, spending countless hours preying on people around the country. They prey on our hearts. They prey on the honesty and the integrity of people.
Gray was unhappy when he realized the money was never sent, and he broke a period of silence by sending nearly 10 messages in a row on Tuesday. Perry said the scammer took advantage of her empathy, loneliness and faith.
She was left in a state of despair and confusion after the truth came to light. The complaint form is found at IC3. Humphreys said scammers usually ask for a gift card, prepaid credit card or wire transfer. While a stranger might ask for help online, the request is likely fraudulent, he said.
Humphreys recommended people donate to a charity if they want to help others. He also urged people to ignore any contact from possible scammers.
Faking it — scammers’ tricks to steal your heart and money
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