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Authorities are once again advising citizens to never give out personal or banking information over the phone, internet, and to never send money to anyone for a non-service, or non-purchase, unless you've initiated it, after a LaPorte woman was recently scammed out of almost two-thousand dollars. LaPorte Police report the victim told them that in June she met a man on the "Zoosk" dating website who identified himself as "John Douglas Frank" (suspect). Since that time the two remained in contact through email and instant messaging.
In early July the suspect advised the victim he was moving to South Africa for a job and asked the victim to send money to a friend of his and she would be reimbursed. Shortly thereafter the victim sent two Paypal cards and three Western Union money orders totaling $1,985 to a "Darren Foster" in Florida.
Over the past few weeks four packages of brand new clothing, with a value of nearly $900 arrived at the victim's home, sent from online shopping sites. "Douglas" then requested that the victim forward the packages to him in South Africa.
The victim then received a phone call from someone claiming to be from a Florida agency advising her there was a warrant out for her arrest. The victim became concerned that the clothing sent to her was stolen and that her identity had also been stolen, as she provided the suspect with her social security number so he could allegedly refund her money.
The victim was advised the activity was an internet scam and that most likely the clothing sent to her had been purchased with stolen credit cards by the suspects.
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