A woman from the Rochester area lost more than $42,000 after being scammed over the course of a month, authorities say.
The 54-year-old woman from Cascade Township, which borders Rochester, contacted authorities after a bank contacted her to inform her that some of the activity in her account appeared suspicious, according to the Olmsted County Sheriff's Office.
Authorities said the woman had been in online contact with the scammer, who told her that he was a gold and diamond buyer from London who needed financial assistance in the form of money orders and gift cards.
Between early August to recently, the woman sent the man $42,500. The sheriff's office is now using the unfortunate story as an example to always be wary of potential scams.
The banks involved in the money transfers and law enforcement continue to investigate the case.