"I mean, I would think twice before I gave somebody that much money."Troy police have never had a scam in which so much money was stolen, and it's the talk of the town."I'm not that trusting," Corbin said.
But police said the 58-year-old grandmother was that trusting, and perhaps lonely.
He said he worked on an oil rig and needed money, so she started sending thousands of dollars.
The man then told her he was caught with all the cash she sent him and was jailed.
“They were expecting to get their money back, they thought they were loaning the money,” he said.
PHOENIX - Military romance scams—a new low for scammers pretending to be soldiers abroad to romance their way into your heart and bank account.
A Valley woman was able to catch the online dating scam before it went further, and now she's sharing her story to help others.
Kristen, who is admittedly too humiliated to show her face on camera or use last name, says she met a guy who calls himself Stephen Jones on the dating site Plenty of Fish."He said he was in Afghanistan, and he was an NCO staff sergeant, like he knew all this information,” Kristen said.
A Phoenix soldier out on deployment until April--at least that's what he said when the two started exchanging text messages."It was definitely blooming into something, and feelings were there,” Kristen said.