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Woman Hangs Herself After Internet Scam

| by John Freund
Indonesian woman Boyati MiskunIndonesian woman Boyati Miskun

A woman has committed suicide after she lost nearly $50,000 to an internet scammer pretending to be her boyfriend. 

Viral2Trend reports that Boyati Miskun hung herself in the stairway of her employer’s building.  Her suicide was allegedly brought about by the debts incurred from her sending $49,000 to internet scammers abroad.  

In 2011, Boyati met David Mark online, a man who claimed to be a U.S. Amy veteran living in Ghana.  Nearly four years of correspondence transpired before Mark told Boyati he was going to retire and move to Indonesia to be with her.  However, Mark told Boyati that he had $75,000 of gold stored Ghana.  He put the "gold certificate" in Boyati’s name, claiming it would soon be sent to her in Indonesia. 

Boyati then received an email from Captain Samuel Friday asking her to send close to $50,000 to pay a customs clearance tax in order to retrieve the gold.  Boyati did pay, but Friday alerted her afterward that she hadn’t paid on time.  Then she began receiving death threats. 

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According to Romance Scam, Boyati went to the Indonesian consulate for help, but officials there explained to her that she was scammed.  

“She got angry when I said Mark is part of the scammers, and that it was impossible for anybody to send 75 kilos of gold to someone he only knew [from the] Internet,” said Indonesian Vice Consul Rafail Walangitan.  “She also refused to change her phone number, email, and Facebook to ‘break up’ with Mark,” said Rafail.  

Boyati refused to believe that Mark was in on the scam, eventually hanging herself out of despair.

Sources: Viral2Trend, Romance Scam / Photo credit: Hong Kong News via Viral2Trend

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