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Dansblown73Nordic

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So a friend met this guy online. She im sure told him her life story. She is a widow. She was scammed out of 80k. This was a couple years ago. Guy was always going to come and visit her. She just kept sending money. Just a little back story on how stupid this girl is. So fast forward. She finds a new guy. He lives in Vermont. She tells him how broke she is. She tells him she can't be on the internet much longer. Can't pay her bills. He says no problem and sends her $400. So a few months pass. She tells him again she is in terrible situation. He says well write void on a check and send me a copy. I will deposit some money in your account. Now she thinks this guy will just send her a few hundred again. So a couple days later she checks her balance. He deposited a 120K in her account. So she asks me what I think. Now she has gone to her bank. The money is real. It was deposited through Western Union. Im still trying to figure out the scam. Im not up on this kind of Bull Shit. Has to be more to the story. He tells her I just felt bad. Wanted to help you out...
 

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So a friend met this guy online. She im sure told him her life story. She is a widow. She was scammed out of 80k. This was a couple years ago. Guy was always going to come and visit her. She just kept sending money. Just a little back story on how stupid this girl is. So fast forward. She finds a new guy. He lives in Vermont. She tells him how broke she is. She tells him she can't be on the internet much longer. Can't pay her bills. He says no problem and sends her $400. So a few months pass. She tells him again she is in terrible situation. He says well write void on a check and send me a copy. I will deposit some money in your account. Now she thinks this guy will just send her a few hundred again. So a couple days later she checks her balance. He deposited a 120K in her account. So she asks me what I think. Now she has gone to her bank. The money is real. It was deposited through Western Union. Im still trying to figure out the scam. Im not up on this kind of Bull Shit. Has to be more to the story. He tells her I just felt bad. Wanted to help you out...

get cashiers check and go open new account with new found funds. Keep account in case he wants to send more
She needs to get on a plane and start exercising her jaw and gag reflex on her way there. She owes dude some blowys.
 

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Scams usually involve the recipient having to send some money back because "they made a mistake"...

this one has no such request? Yet??

Move the money to another account and wait for the other shoe to drop. If he has the routing and account number he may be able to move it with out her.
 

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Tell her to buy a boat get off the internet and sail away. Mexico, belize , Costa rica...

In all seriousness sounds like a money mole deal. Wire transfers across state lines is an fbi deal.
 

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I'm making some hot grandma dating profile's and going fishing. Is it really theft if you scam a scammer? I don't think so
 

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I can clean that cash for her! Have her get a cashiers check made out to me for $100,000.00, she should keep 20 grand in her account.
I’ll handle the rest for her

dont worry!
 

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Maybe her first conversation shouldnt be about finances... maybe keep it like "what do you like to do on the weekends?" "I like to launder mone... err I like to go boating"
 

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Now she,s gonna get the phone from Brian Mills [ Liam Neeson ] I will find you and ? good luck .
 

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How long has the money been sitting in the account at this point?
Has she gone online to see what was deposited? What kind of check was it?
What has been asked of her in return at this point?
 

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Scams usually involve the recipient having to send some money back because "they made a mistake"...

this one has no such request? Yet??

Move the money to another account and wait for the other shoe to drop. If he has the routing and account number he may be able to move it with out her.

That's exactly what will happen, he will move the money out. He had her routing/account numbers to make the deposit.
 

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That's exactly what will happen, he will move the money out. He had her routing/account numbers to make the deposit.

this. money is most likely being moved in and out
Or she will get requested to send 95% back and just landed in wire fraud
 

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The real problem is, if she did send him a check, he now has her address and and all that.

A deposit could have been made with just the routing and account numbers.

This guy has a whole lot of info about her now.

But he could just be one lonely rich dude! Strange deal.

How long has the money been sitting in the account at this point?
Has she gone online to see what was deposited? What kind of check was it?
What has been asked of her in return at this point?

Good questions...
 

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Money was done with a wire transfer. She has had it about a month. Guy hasn't asked for a dime back. Said he was glad he could help her out. I keep waiting for the other shoe to drop. The bank says it is a 100% in her account. I am a 100% sure it is a scam. But I don't have any reason to think that other than this shit only happens in the movies...LMAO
 

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Money was done with a wire transfer. She has had it about a month. Guy hasn't asked for a dime back. Said he was glad he could help her out. I keep waiting for the other shoe to drop. The bank says it is a 100% in her account. I am a 100% sure it is a scam. But I don't have any reason to think that other than this shit only happens in the movies...LMAO
x2 100% scam
 

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Money was done with a wire transfer. She has had it about a month. Guy hasn't asked for a dime back. Said he was glad he could help her out. I keep waiting for the other shoe to drop. The bank says it is a 100% in her account. I am a 100% sure it is a scam. But I don't have any reason to think that other than this shit only happens in the movies...LMAO

It doesn’t only happen in the movies...I’ve given more than half of what I had in my bank acct to someone that needed it a whole hell of a lot more than me, granted...it wasn’t $120K and it wasn’t a total stranger, but for some, $120K is an expensive dinner. It might just be a gift. She should have some information, at least a name on the person...10 minutes on the internet can find out quite a bit about who yore dealing with.
 

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get cashiers check and go open new account with new found funds. Keep account in case he wants to send more
She needs to get on a plane and start exercising her jaw and gag reflex on her way there. She owes dude some blowys.

I didn’t want to say it.. but this
 

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That's exactly what will happen, he will move the money out. He had her routing/account numbers to make the deposit.

putting money in is a lot different then pulling it out? And if she has nothing to steal other than what he gave her??
 

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Money was done with a wire transfer. She has had it about a month. Guy hasn't asked for a dime back. Said he was glad he could help her out. I keep waiting for the other shoe to drop. The bank says it is a 100% in her account. I am a 100% sure it is a scam. But I don't have any reason to think that other than this shit only happens in the movies...LMAO

if it has been a month and nothing I’d think she just met someone with that kinda money that wanted to help someone out.
 

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Money was done with a wire transfer. She has had it about a month. Guy hasn't asked for a dime back. Said he was glad he could help her out. I keep waiting for the other shoe to drop. The bank says it is a 100% in her account. I am a 100% sure it is a scam. But I don't have any reason to think that other than this shit only happens in the movies...LMAO
I understand your concern, as I would be
There are nice people out there, maybe she found one.
 

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I think she is running the scam just fine, I am confused on what you need help with? 😂
 

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Money was done with a wire transfer. She has had it about a month. Guy hasn't asked for a dime back. Said he was glad he could help her out. I keep waiting for the other shoe to drop. The bank says it is a 100% in her account. I am a 100% sure it is a scam. But I don't have any reason to think that other than this shit only happens in the movies...LMAO

Sounds like she’s reasonably good to go. Hopefully the guy isn’t too old where he’ll die soon and his heirs will come around saying it was some type of elder abuse. I’m sure she has a reasonable amount of communication at the same time where it’s not like she became a scammer.
 

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wow, sounds to good to be true. I'm a skeptic, I think its a scam, but who knows. Last year my uncle passed away (dads younger brother). Me and my dad had to to go get his belongings and settle a few tabs. He was kind of astranged from the family. Turns out he was living in his truck. He was doing handyman and odd jobs for work. We had to get his truck out of impound. When we cleaned it out, it was awful. We found so much junk (hoarder type). We found food and fast food wrappers. We also found hundreds of western union receipts. They were for anything from $20 to $500 at a time. Turns out he had an online relationship with some nigerian princess dating back to 2012. This guy didn't have hardly anything, but would send anything extra he had to this scammer. He probably could have had a place to live or rented a room if he hadn't been sending this scammer money. It was a real sad deal for the family to find out how he had been living. He always had a chip on his shoulder with the family, dont really know why, but obviously mental illness could have been a big factor.
 

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I'm no taxman, but paid my share and more --- aren't there tax consequences on gift amounts over $ 15K ??
 

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I'm no taxman, but paid my share and more --- aren't there tax consequences on gift amounts over $ 15K ??

The giver is responsible for taxes on gifts. The annual exclusion amount is $15,000.
 

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The giver is responsible for taxes on gifts. The annual exclusion amount is $15,000.

I kinda like Angler's " Loan " angle. But apparently in the case of Mary P. Bolles, the IRS felt reasonable expectation of repayment is required or it's considered a gift.
 
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