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"Catfishing" scam targets Danville woman

DANVILLE, Ky. (WKYT) - Cindy Surber says the messages she was receiving from Facebook seemed legitimate..at first.

"He was claiming to be Dave Rick Wilson from Cleveland Ohio," said Surber who works as the clerk for the police dept.

Wilson claimed his wife died in an accident..leaving him to care for two kids. He took a job in Africa and had earned a big paycheck he had no way of cashing.

"He needs $300 the first amount for travel allowances," she said the man asked for in the messages.

Surber played along for a while but soon learned his story wasn't adding up.

"You could tell by the way he typed he didn't speak good English," she said.

She wanted to know where he lived in Cleveland.

"At one point he gave me an address....I looked it up. it came back as office building,"she said.

The better business bureau says this practice is called "catfishing." In fact when Surber searched Wilson's name on the internet, that's what came up.

"Pretending to be someone they are not. In order to convince someone to send money or personal information, they leave you high and dry," said Heather Clary with the BBB.

Surber says the man in the photo on the Facebook page may not even know his image has been hijacked.

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