A British business woman Mary Little who planned introverted into a new life with her new found internet lover has been scammed of $100,000. She had transferred part of her lifelong savings to her supposed lover, Frederick Stalke, a retiring American Colonel, for him to prepare his New York house as part of plans for Mary little to move in.
It turned out the money went into a cedi account at reputable bank in Accra and with the help of an employee of the bank; the amount was withdrawn in three tranches by the fraudsters. Mary Little told Joy FM’s Super Morning Show host Kojo Oppong Nkrumah on Wednesday she had built a relationship with Frederick Stalke for over seven months, via phone, text messages and camcorders after she first met him on a dating site, Match.com.
She was made-up to meet him for the first time in New York on September 19, 2009 and perhaps start a new future together and that was the beginning of her painful exposure.
Stalke claimed he was part of the soldiers withdrawn by the US government from Baghdad and was to be careful of some properties wrongly shipped to Accra and would return to US in two weeks. At the same time, in Accra, Stalke allegedly got into some troubles with the police and needed some amount to resolve the issues and invest the remaining in the property in the US as agreed by the two of them. He requested that the money be paid to his attorney who was litigating the case for him.
Mary Little said: I had no reason to suspect this guy didn’t exist and the money in fact didn’t go into a dollar account the lawyer was scam. The account holder was fake. The money truly went into a local currency account and this reputable bank did not follow its protocol.
Mary Little called the Modern Hotel in Achimota, Accra where Frederick Stalk was supposed to have been staying for the two weeks only to be told he had been beaten up and taken to hospital and after she learnt he had tartan out from the hotel and has since not made any contacts to her.