Scam costs 66-year-old Augusta woman $50,000

An Augusta woman was scammed into sending $50,000 to a man in Malaysia for construction projects, according to Richmond County authorities.

The 66-year-old woman sent the money over several days in October to a man who identified himself as Bruce Nelson, with whom she had been having a relationship over the phone and Internet, according to a a police report.

The woman said that she never met Nelson but that he sent her a photo. She told police she now has doubts that Nelson is the man in the picture.

She has not been able to reach Nelson.

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