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Woman conned out of $5,600

Published 4:34 pm, Thursday, March 27, 2014
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A 59-year-old woman reported on March 16 that she was swindled out of $5,600 through an email fraud, according to police.

The woman received an email from a friend who said he and his family were traveling in Manila, Philippines, and were mugged and all of their money was stolen, according to police.

The email continued that the hotel where the family was staying would not let them leave until they paid their bill, police said, and he asked his friend to wire $2,650.

The Darien woman wired $1,000 March 13 and $1,600 March 14, both through Western Union in Norwalk, according to the report.

She then sent another $3,000 through WalMart in Norwalk March 15 after she received another email asking for more money, police said.

After several days, the woman contacted her friend, who told her that his email had been hacked and that he was never in the Philippines, police said.