A Lismore woman has fallen victim to an internet romance scam, sending money to a man who claimed to be a US soldier so he could take leave to come and visit her.
Police say that in mid October the woman started talking to a man identifying himself as Peter Calhoun on an Australian internet dating site.
He claimed to be a member of the United States Army stationed in Afghanistan.
During conversations ‘Calhoun’ asked the victim to send him some money so he could fly to Australia and meet her.
He informed her that he would have his ‘Base Camp’ get in touch with her to start the process of him taking leave.
The victim subsequently received an email from [email protected], which stated that if she wanted Calhoun take leave to come and meet her she needed to deposit $980 into an Australian bank account.
The victim was also informed that she had to fill out a number of forms with her personal details, which she completed the and returned.
She also paid at total $600 into the account before her family discovered the payments and told her that she had been scammed.
Police are currently investigating this matter.
Australians lose over eight billion dollars a year through scams like this.
If you have an internet connection or phone you will have someone try to scam you at some stage.
Police are encouraging people to update themselves on the latest scams by downloading the ACCC’s Little Black Book of Scams. The e-book is free.