African con artist preys on East Texas women

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - By Jena Johnson - email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) -An Angelina County Sheriff's investigator says he's stopped an innocent East Texas woman from being scammed.

Flip-flops and computers are just a few things purchased with several stolen credit cards by an African con artist. Investigators say the African man romanced a Huntington woman through an online chat room.

They say he fraudulently purchased the items and then had them shipped to her house.  She was planning on shipping the boxes to him today.The contents would have been sold on the black market.

She thought she was shipping them to help out his adopted kids.

"This is her full time job convincing people to send him stuff," said Investigator Mike Jones.

Jones believes there are countless more that have fallen for this man's scam.  The investigator says online scams are a rapidly growing problem.

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