A WOMAN has drained her life savings and owes the bank money after falling victim to a romance scam.
Nancy Newcomer from North Carolina was scammed out of over $67,000 and has been left with “nothing.”
“I’ve lost it all for being so stupid and foolish,” she told ABC News affiliate WTVD.
“I worked all my life for this and he with nothing took everything I ever worked for I have nothing.”
She believed it to be the real person and their messages immediately sparked a friendly relationship.
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“That’s who I thought, honest to God, thought I was speaking with him,” she explained.
“He started to get pretty friendly right off the bat.”
As the pair continued to message, a romance was quickly established and the scammer told her that he wanted to meet.
While impersonating Ahn, he sent Newcomer emails allegedly from the actor’s business manager.
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“He told me if you want to meet with him (Ahn) there’s a reservation fee of $18,500 and I thought, oh my god, where in the world am I going to get that?”
She then decided to take the sum out of her retirement money and she received a confirmation from the supposed business manager that the private meeting with Ahn was scheduled.
However, the email detailed that more money was needed to cover the cost of the celebrity’s security and private jet.
The email demanded a further $39,500 which she paid for after draining her retirement account and getting two loans from different banks.
“We were both, so I thought–in the relationship and in love, I was so stupid and blind. I was in denial mode,” she said.
In total, Newcomer sent over $67,000 and it was only when the scammer asked for even more money that she realized what had happened.
“I said, ‘there is no way that I am giving you one red penny, absolutely not’ and he said, ‘then it’s over’ that quick, that quick,” she said.
“I was devastated because I was so in love with him, so I thought, and he broke my heart there and then I lost everything that I’ve ever worked for, everything absolutely nothing.
“I have nothing to fall back on. He put me into poverty.”
Following the scam, Newcomer is facing loan repayments of around $40,000.
She has also learned that the early withdrawal of funds from her retirement account will also cost her money.
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Newcomer owes thousands of dollars to the IRS in penalties for taking out the money.
The U.S. Sun has contacted Ahn Hyo-seop’s agent for comment.
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