Deputies: Lee County woman loses $3,000 in personal loan scam

A Lee County woman told deputies she fell victim to a scam after she applied for a personal loan.

According to a Lee County incident report, a 44-year-old Lehigh Acres woman applied for a personal loan in the mount of $3,000 through a company called Bryson Lending Firm out of Connecticut. On January 9, she was advised that she had been approved for the loan.

A person posing as a loan officer contacted her and asked that she send $408.75 to a location in Jamaica. On January 15, the victim sent the funds through Western Union, reports said.

The victim says she was told the loan company required an additional $408.75 for security. She told them she could not come up with that amount. According to reports, The "loan officer" asked her to wire $200 and the company would absorb the rest of the cost. On January 18, the victim wired another $208.75.

The victim told deputies she was contacted again because the company would not absorb the cost after all and she needed to send the additional monies. Again, the victim wired money. This time in the amount of $230.

Reports say the victim was contacted once more before she went to the Sheriff's Office Thursday. The man on the phone asked for another $408.75 to secure the loan and $250 to release the funds into her checking account.

The victim told deputies she provided this company with all of her personal information, including her bank account number and routing number.

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