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Investigation into Internet Scam

21 Jan News

Area law enforcement investigated after a 19 year old Merrill man lost $500 after speaking to a woman via Skype Tuesday night.

The victim met the woman online in a chat room and she invited him to join her in a Skype conversation. After talking to the woman the victim exposed himself on his camera. Afterward the woman told the man if he did not wire her $500 she would post the video on the internet for everyone to see.

The man wired the woman the money and a short time later she demanded another $500. When the victim tried to stop the first transfer of funds he learned the cash was already picked up in the Philippines.

The case has been referred to the FBI.