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80-year old falls prey to Facebook money scam

Woman believed she met her 'soulmate'

80-year old falls prey to Facebook money scam

Bolzano, November 23 - An elderly woman in search of friendship risked falling victim to a conman encountered on Facebook after pretending to be 40 years younger than her actual age. The 80-year-old, from Bolzano in the northern autonomous province of South Tyrol, met her 'soulmate' after posting a photograph of herself taken when she was several decades younger. The man, a German from Munich, pretended to be unemployed and penniless and threatened to kill himself unless she sent him money. Concerned for his wellbeing, the woman alerted the police who contacted their German counterparts. Investigations subsequently showed that the man had a regular job and lived in a comfortable home with his wife and two children. He has been reported for attempted fraud and in Germany must answer to raising a false alarm.

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