‘Casanova Scammer’ arrested and charged; bilked 21 women out of $750,000

[Love doctor? Former Tallahassee man poses as surgeon to scam women on dating sites, feds say](https://www.wctv.tv/2021/11/08/love-doctor-former-tallahassee-man-poses-surgeon-scam-women-dating-sites-feds-say/)

The crux of the scam is basically an electronic payment version of the paper fake check scam. He’d pay off their accounts via closed or low-fund accounts, then take advantage of the window where they thought their accounts had been paid in full. From the article…

“While pretending to be a doctor on the dating sites, Wedgeworth would offer to pay the women’s loans and other debts to gain their trust, the indictment says. The women would then give him their personal identification information, accounts numbers, passwords and logins.

Wedgeworth would then send electronic payments to the women’s various creditors; however, those payments were made with bank accounts with insufficient funds or were previously closed, the court document says.

“By making these electronic payments, Brian Wedgeworth caused these women to receive notifications from their lenders and creditors that payments were made on their debts and their debts were paid in full, when in fact they had not been paid in full,” the indictment says.

Before the payments were supposed to clear and post to the women’s debts, Wedgeworth would tell the women lies to get them to send him money or buy Rolexes, according to the indictment.”

The content was posted by teratical on 2021-11-10 07:29:47 via reddit

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  1. It sounds to me like the romance scammer made payments to the victim’s creditors using bank accounts from third parties (this is a somewhat common ploy also used by sugar scammers), and then those payments were ultimately reversed when the third parties contested the payments as fraud.



    **The Fraudulent Credit Card Payment Scam**

    (Note that the fraudulent credit card payment scam is similar to, but it is slightly different from, the fake check scam.)

    For a variety of reasons, a scammer will ask you to use “their” bank routing number and account number to make a payment to your credit card. At some point, either before or after you have received the payment to your credit card account, the scammer will ask you to send them something (like gift card codes that they can redeem for cash, and that you cannot stop payment on or trace).

    Unfortunately, the bank routing number and account number that the scammer will give you actually belong to an innocent third party. If you use that bank account information to make a payment to your credit card, then you will have stolen money from an innocent third party (that’s Federal bank wire fraud). When that person finds out someone stole money from their bank account, the transfer to your credit card will be reversed. If that person files a police report, then the police may want to talk with you.

    **Of course you will be out any money that you send to the scammer in the form of gift card codes, etcetera.**

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