Contact 17 News: Online affair leads to scam

It was an online affair gone terribly wrong. A Bakersfield woman says her husband turned to the internet for an online relationship and ended up getting scammed.

BAKERSFIELD - It was an online affair gone terribly wrong.

A Bakersfield woman says her husband turned to the internet for an online relationship. But, that relationship turned out to be fake and the couple was scammed out of $35,000.

"He sent $400, $300, $6,000, $8,000," said Catherine Clark of her husband.

However, the transactions didn't end there.

"He sold his stocks in his company. He sold our truck. He borrowed a lot of money and he loaned money too, and he used some of our savings account," said Clark.

Clark says for nearly a year, she had no idea what her husband was up to and how much of their money he was being scammed out of.

"He realized now that it's wrong, everything is wrong, but it's too late after he gave all the money."

Clark says her husband met a woman online who claimed to be from a royal family in Ghanna, Africa. She said her name was Abigail.

"She told my husband that she's a nurse and she's coming to the United States to work at Memorial Hospital. That's what she told my husband," said Clark.

Clark says her husband was scammed by Abigail over a box of gold that was supposedly on its way. Clark's husband said Abigail wanted to sell it.

"Every time they asked for money he sent it because the reason is, we need the money for gold to release the gold. That's what they were telling him all the time," said Clark.

Clark has dozens of receipts showing each transaction made by her husband, a situation she says she never thought she would be in.

"He just said sorry for everything, and I said it's too late to say sorry because we lost a lot of money. So we got scammed, nothing we can do now. We can't get our money back. I just want these people to get caught so they can't do it to other people," said Clark.

According to Clark, she filed a report with the FBI. She also plans to file a report with the Bakersfield Police Department.

"I just want these people to get caught so they can't do it with other people," Clark continued.

Police say if you become a victim of a scam, report the incident immediately so they can notify the public.

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