Nigerians have been the butt of many jokes due to the high volume of scams emanating from the African nation. Nevertheless, Nigerian scammers have perfected their craft over the years into an art. Unfortunately, a Texas grandmother was duped into finessing banks with fake money orders, then jailed for the role she played in the scheme. Maxson is breathing easier after charges against her were dropped yesterday.
Maxson’s plight began when she met a man on Facebook, posing as a Marine stationed overseas. The man’s spit-game must have been strong, because she grew to be smitten with him and even agreed to marry him, although they had never met in the flesh. After she was all buttered up, the man asked asked her for some financial assistance. He sent her $900 in fake money orders that he claimed were from a friend that owed him money. She was asked to deposit the money in her bank account and wire him the money overseas. “I sent them to where he told me to send them to where he was at,” said Maxson, according to WFAA. “At that time he told me he was going to Nigeria.”
After learning they’d been hoodwinked, the bank pursued charges of grand theft against Maxson. A warrant was issued for her out of California, and she was arrested on December 17. “When my sister told me, I couldn’t believe it,” she reflected. “It made me feel stupid, foolish.”
Maxson sat in Tarrant County jail in Texas for three months. She was finally released on Monday after a California judge deemed her a victim and mercifully dropped the charges against her.