A Danville resident recently lost more than $30,000 in an Internet scam, leading police to warn other residents not to fall prey to the same fraud.
According to a Danville police press release, the resident, who was not identified, was contacted and told she would be part of a multi-million-dollar inheritance if she would wire some money from her bank. The scammer told the victim to wire the money to an address in England. The transaction was completed, but no inheritance money was ever returned, police said.
Similar scams using regular mail and allegedly originating from Nigeria have been used locally in the past, police said. The newer versions of the fraud come via e-mail, police said.