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Woman sends $150K to dating scammer who used photo of Montana's attorney general


An Indiana woman says she was conned out of $150,000 after falling for a person whose online photo looked just like Montana Attorney General Tim Fox.

The attorney general’s picture, apparently taken from a Facebook page used in his campaign, was used by the scammer to create a fake profile on a dating website, report the Associated Press and MTN News.

The scammer used the name “John Hagen” and claimed to be an engineer working overseas, MTN News reports. He asked the woman for money for tools, pay for workers and medical bills. She obliged, paying nearly $150,000 before going to police.

Fox spokesman John Barnes told AP the attorney general “is saddened and very upset that his image was used in this scam.” The photo has been removed from Fox’s website.

Police are investigating.

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