Scam leaves woman out $300,000 in Bismarck

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Bismarck police say a woman is out hundreds of thousands of dollars because of a scam.

Officers say a 59-year-old Bismarck woman was transferring money to a man she met on a dating website.

Police say the suspect told the victim he traded gold and diamonds. The victim started sending him money in April of 2018 through Money Gram, Western Union, personal loans, and packages through FedEx.

The victim told police the first transaction was to help the man secure a contact for work diamonds.

The man claimed he lived in Minot but police say the money sent by FedEx was being shipped out to different locations in Georgia.

The victim estimates she sent the suspect $300,000 through transactions.

She made a police report with BPD Sunday.