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Woman Loses $70K In Nigerian Scam

A Spokane woman is telling police she fell victim to the Nigerian boyfriend scam and lost $70,000 in the process.It was a combination of loneliness and a very generous heart that led this mother of five to have to apologize to her children for leaving her family in debt and even helping the scammer victimize other people as well."He said his wife died three years ago from cancer and he was raising his son on his own," the victim said. The woman who, is too embarrassed to share her identity, was contacted by the scammer on her MySpace page. She had just wrapped up a divorce and flattered by attention from a stranger."He says you are the only hope I have to help me out," she said/Jeff Humphrey, KXLY. More here.

Question: Can you feel sorry for anyone who falls for a Nigerian scam?

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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