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Travelers check scam takes woman's $7,500

A Spruce Street woman reported to police that she was the victim of a fraudulent scheme allegedly set up by a man from Africa who contacted her about depositing travelers checks into her bank account, police reported.

She said a Nigerian man solicited her assistance with a religious event in his country and mailed her travelers checks totaling $7,500 to deposit into her account and then make withdrawals to send him. She sent the total amount back to him, but it was later discovered that the travelers checks were fraudulent, police said.

The victim will have to reimburse the money to M&T Bank, police said.

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