A 66-year-old woman was conned after she befriended a Nigerian man who claimed to be "David Holmes," an Irish citizen working on a Scottish oilrig. He used a picture he said was of him but was actually an image of a male model he downloaded from the Internet. There were even phone calls and he didn't seem to have a Nigerian accent. He sent her flowers. But they never met in person. The district attorney's office later found out the man was living in Nigeria, which is "a hot bed of online scams." He convinced the woman to wire him $300,000 as a loan for his oil business, with most of the money coming from her retirement account and funds she got after refinancing her home. A Nigerian man was arrested for committing fraud but he wasn't the actual scammer. The thief actually sent the Nigerian to a bank in Turkey to pick up the money, where he was arrested. Luckily the victim was able to get back $200,000 from a bank in Turkey. She has only a "1 percent" chance of recovering the remaining $300,000 because "it's just impossible to track down" and federal authorities don't get involved in losses below $1 million.
Slacker thinks he may have recently been the victim of a scam related to the Target fiasco. Steve was once scammed by the guys that go around selling speakers out of the back of their van.