$6M LOVE SCAM: 'Stupid' woman duped by 'good looking' American
A NAMBOUR woman has been caught up in a $6 million love scam, lured in by a "good looking American" into giving up her superannuation, personal possessions, cars and assets.
She also had her personal bank account used by her online lover to deposit $6 million of allegedly stolen funds from a Korean business.
South African offenders, posing as the American lover gained access to the victim business and sent an email informing them of a change of bank account details.
An email provided bank account details for the payment to be transferred into.
It was later established by Nambour detectives who identified the 60-year-old woman as the holder of the account, who was the victim of a romance fraud initiated by a dating site.
Sunshine Coast District detective Senior Sergeant Daren Edwards said while $5.7m of the money had been recovered, $300,000 will not be.
Snr Sgt Edwards said the woman never met the offenders and saw their fake Queensland driver's license and US passports over the net.
"The likelihood of her money being recovered is very remote," Snr Sgt Edwards said.
"At least $100,000 of that was her superannuation funds and she sold vehicles and possessions too.
"More than $300,000 did go to the offenders.
"Recently a Western Australian woman was involved in a similar scam, she was later murdered. That's how bad it can get."
The offender told her he was entitled to five per cent as his business dealings and that she should buy two cars and remove money up to $330,000.
As a result she purchased a Landcruiser for $134,000.
When police interviewed the woman, she said she was caught up in the scam for 18 months with the man claiming to be a real person on the dating site.
Snr Sgt Edwards wouldn't say which dating site was used, but said it was a "common website".
He said the women's actions were "stupid".
"Stupidity is the only word for it. As soon as she was asked to send money, it should have been a wake-up call," he said.
"If you're involved with someone on a dating site and they ask to send money... stop it. Don't do it. It's likely a scam.
"It's a waste of tax payer money, especially when common sense can solve it."
Further investigations with the woman revealed she purchased the Toyota Sahara vehicle on the Coast, which police later recovered.
The woman subsequently relinquished ownership of the vehicle which was seized by police.
It has seen the woman served with a fraud warning letter. Further investigations will be made.