Local man defrauded in ‘stranded’ scam
by By GREG KAYLOR Banner Staff Writer
Apr 07, 2013 | 2985 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print

A local man reported he had been defrauded after sending a woman money in another country, because she was stranded.

According to Bob Gault, media relations coordinator for the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office, this is just one of many scams which are reported to the office.

Deputy Doug Graham spoke with the victim and filed a report.

According to his report, the victim stated he began talking to a woman on a social media site. She told him she was going on a business trip to Nigeria and apparently, U.S. Customs had seized her belongings. “She was in desperate need of funds” to make the trip. The victim received several checks totaling $15,500, which he in turn wrote checks out, totaling $15,500 to an alleged “business associate” of the woman.

The deposits were made in Nigeria under the name of Adyhun Hammed, according to the report.

The victim had deposited the checks into his bank, that he had received from the alleged “business associate.”

According to the report, the checks were fraudulent.

The Bradley County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division was notified of the incident.

- An EZ Go golf cart was reported stolen from a Bates Pike residence. The report was filed by deputy Daniel Watson on Thursday.

According to his report, Watson spoke with Steve Thompson. He had travelled around 5:45 a.m., to his parents home via the cart.

When Thompson began to leave at 8 a.m., he discovered the cart missing.

A serial number for the cart was not immediately available.

The cart was valued at $2,300.

Investigation is continuing.