Lacey Resident Scammed Out of $100,000 in Bitcoin Scam

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LACEY TOWNSHIP, NJ – A Lacey Township resident was scammed out of $100,000 after sending bitcoin and pre-paid cards to a man they had met online several years ago. Police said the man claimed to be a U.S. servicemember serving in Afghanistan.

According to police, on Friday, June 17 at 10:21 a.m., Officer Slota responded to police headquarters for a fraud report.

“Officer Slota met with the victim who stated they befriended a man several years ago, while on a social media website,” police said. “The victim stated the suspect identified himself as a member of the military, stationed in Afghanistan.”

Police said the victim stated over a period of time, they sent approximately $100,000.00 to the unknown subject.  The victim stated they sent the money using pre-paid cards and bitcoin.  It was not until recently that the victim realize it was a scam.