Bismarck woman sends $75,000 overseas in online romance scam

BISMARCK, N.D. - With the digital age evolving, online romances have become more common but so have scams.

The Bismarck Police Department says a 63-year-old Bismarck woman wired her online romance nearly $75,000.

Police say the man who claimed to have been a captain major in the United Nations working in Syria first contacted the woman in August.

After a month of chatting online, police say the man talked about marriage and asked the woman for money to pay off a bond for his personal leave.

Officers say the man reassured her he would pay her back when he was in the United States, but once she stopped wiring money to him, he never replied again.

The interaction between the two lasted until Dec. 26, after the woman became suspicious.

Police say the man deleted his original account, and since then has made a new one with the same photos.

Officers say the woman will likely not get her money back because it was wired out of the country.