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Elderly Hawkins man scammed out of $1,800 in phony online romance

April 4th, 2014 4:00 pm by Jeff Bobo

Elderly Hawkins man scammed out of $1,800 in phony online romance

ROGERSVILLE — A 75-year-old Hawkins County man who thought he was helping his online girlfriend pay to come visit him in Hawkins County from New Hampshire was actually the victim of an $1,800 phony check scam.

The victim, who lives in the Eidson community far north of Rogersville, reported to the Hawkins County Sheriff's Office Monday he had entered into an online relationship recently with a woman calling herself Judy Cossey from New Hampshire.

HCSO Deputy Tony Spitzer stated in his report that Cossey had told the victim she was coming to spend time with the victim.

"Ms. Cossey advised she was going to send her tax return to (the victim)," Spitzer said. "He received a check for $2,000 that was deposited into his account. (The victim) advised that within a couple of days she was needing money for a family problem and Ms. Cossey had an attorney contact him about sending her money back."

The victim then sent two money orders for $900 each to Darrell L. Gordon of Oakley, Calif. for Judy Cossey.

The victim later received notice that his bank account had an overdraft and that Cossey's check was no good.

In an unrelated case reported to the HCSO Tuesday a Clinch Valley woman received two cashiers checks supposedly from Indianapolis for a generator she'd advertised for sale.

This woman waited to find out if the checks would clear before she completed the transaction, however.

The buyer identified himself as John from Indianapolis who currently lives in California. He sent two checks for $1,986 each from an "Old National Bank" account identified as belonging to "In-Site Art Consulting Group" of Indianapolis.

The signatures on both checks are completely unintelligible scribbles.

The intended victim had told "John" she would wait until the checks cleared before arranging to send him the generator.

Later her bank advised that both checks were phony.

The HCSO informed her how to file a complaint with the U.S. Postal Service.

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