Police said Monday that an individual the woman met on the Internet in September sent her what appeared to be a U.S. treasury check for $456,000. She was asked to deposit the check in her bank and wire a portion of the money back to her new friend.
Deputy Police Chief Carson Mansfield said that she deposited the check at Bank of America in Salina on Oct. 4 and before it cleared, withdrew $170,000 to wire to England. About a month later, the $456,000 check came back as counterfeit.
Mansfield said the woman did not have the funds to cover the loss.
Said Mansfield: "Never wire money to anybody unless you know exactly what's going on. Once it's gone, it's gone.'
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