Woman loses a fortune to "astronaut" in online romantic scam
Tokyo, Japan - During a pandemic which has many people feeling lonely, the internet has become even more of a place for singles to connect. But it can also be a place full of dangers, as a trusting Japanese woman found out after losing a dizzying amount of money to a swindler who pretended to be an astronaut.
The woman, who is in her 30s, had met the man posing as a Russian astronaut online, Japanese daily newspaper Hokkaido Shimbun reported on Monday.
He wrote to her that he planned a life in Japan after completing his "space mission." He said he would send his belongings over and she would have to pay for the packages upfront.
A second man, who claimed to be an employee of a transport company, then contacted the victim, demanding that she pay an insurance fee for the "luggage of a Russian."
The unsuspecting woman proceeded to transfer a total of six million yen ($58,375) to an account.
After she transferred the money, her supposed lover was never seen or heard of again.
After realizing that she had fallen victim to a scandalous romance fraud, the woman turned to the city administration to investigate the scam.
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