REPORT: Nigerian Prince Scam took $110K from Kansas man; 10 years later, he’s getting it back
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A decade ago, Fred Haines was wandering the Wichita airport looking for a Nigerian man hauling two chests full of cash.
After an hour of waiting and asking around, he finally came to the realization that the $65 million Nigerian fortune he thought he was inheriting was not coming after all.
The article goes on to state the following:
What is now coming, though, is the $110,000 he had been scammed out of, thanks to the work of the Kansas Attorney General’s Office.
From 2005 to 2008, swindlers hoodwinked Haines, a self-employed handyman in Wichita, into spending thousands in pursuit of an imaginary inheritance from a Nigerian government official — a con known as the Nigerian Prince Scam. Haines re-mortgaged his house three times in the process.
Last year, in a settlement with the Department of Justice, Western Union admitted it knew some of its employees had conspired with scam artists to bilk people out of money and had failed to fix the problem. The company set aside $586 million to create a fund to refund victims across the U.S. and Canada.
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