Online “Girlfriend” Scams $200,000 from Illinois Man

From our “Why online scams work” department, a woman (if she is indeed a woman) who was in an online relationship with an Illinois man for over two years has managed to scam at least $200,000 from the man. The scam came to light when the 48-year-old man from Naperville, Illinois contacted police because his ‘girlfriend’ had disappeared right after he wired her the last of the $200,000, and he feared she had been kidnapped.

Phil Gariddo’s Blog: Online Diary of the Man Who Kidnapped 11 Year Old Jaycee Dugard and Fathered 2 Children With Her

As many are now aware, a woman who was kidnapped as a child 18 years ago was found alive at the home of her captor, Phillip Craig Garrido, in Antioch, California this week; this morning it was confirmed that she is Jaycee Lee Dugard who, at the age of 11, was kidnapped back in 1991. Philip Garrido, who had kept Jaycee Dugard, and the two children whom he fathered with her, captive in his back yard all this time, (and who also used the alias Phillip Craig Knight) kept a blog. And oh what a blog it is. Oh, and his email address? (And also