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Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) - A rural Olmsted County woman is out of more than $40,000 after becoming the victim of a scam.

The 54-year-old woman contacted the sheriff’s office Friday to report the loss.

She said she became online friends with a person who claimed to be a gold and diamond dealer in London about a month ago. The man indicated he had fallen on hard times and asked if she could help.

She began sending the man gift cards and money orders until a bank became suspicious and contacted her. By then the woman was out of $42,500.

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