Online dating con artist
Mc Cullough believes the bad guys are usually running the scams from outside of the country.
"In my opinion, it's organized crime," Mc Collough said.
"I went to my daughter and told her about it and she said mom it's a scam," Jean said.
If you are wondering how could anyone fall for such an unbelievable story, Hadnagy has an answer: "It's the nature of attacks today.
Over a period of several months they shared intimate emails and he texted or called daily. That is where the social engineering really kicked in.
Jean believed Frederick when he asked for the money.
Jean's case is now being investigated by law enforcement.
Jean actually contacted the Fox 9 Investigators and asked them to tell her story because she hopes it will serve as a warning to others.
According to Jean, he needed even more cash to pay other expenses before he could get on that plane to come to visit her.He said he was currently working as a manager of a big construction project in Turkey.Jean admits he was as charming on the phone as he was in his emails. Can't wait to see you." It got to a point where Frederick told Jean he was coming back to Minnesota to meet her, then he asked her for money for a plane ticket. – If you’ve joined an online dating site or have a social media sweetheart, be careful.Scammers are targeting people in the north Alabama area.