West Des Moines elderly woman scammed by user on match.com

A 74-year-old Des Moines woman told West Des Moines police she had been swindled after sending thousands of dollars to a man she met on a dating service website.


The woman joined www.match.com on the recommendation of a friend at the end of October, she told police on Monday.


The victim said she was contacted by a man who identified himself as Michael Fingers, a manager for Maxindex Investment Inc. She said he told her he was a widower looking for a relationship. She talked to him online for two months.


Toward the end of November the woman said Fingers asked her for $15,000 explaining that he was going to Dubai and needed to invest it. He said he would pay her back.


The victim said she only had $6,000 and sent it to Fingers.


Later this month she said Fingers asked for another $117,000 in order to gain access to a personal account holding $11 million.


Flagler then contacted the police.


Police said when they looked for Fingers and his business, he was listed as a scammer.


On www.scamwarners.com several individuals commented they also had encounters with Fingers on the dating website.


West Des Moines Lt. Jim Barrett said that if people you do not know are asking for money, do not send money.


He said it is important families talk to their elderly family members about scams because they frequently are targets.

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