HATFIELD, Pa. (CBS) – Authorities in Montgomery County have nabbed a Maryland man in connection with what they describe as a Nigerian online dating fraud scheme that ripped off at least one senior citizen.

Prosecutors say the 64-year-old Hatfield man struck up an e-mail and chat room relationship with what he thought was a young woman who told him she was traveling to Africa and needed money to cover expenses. He had already wired nearly $30,000 and was withdrawing another $46,000 to be given to a courier.

District attorney Risa Ferman says police set up surveillance at a hotel near Philadelphia International Airport and arrested 44-year-old Maxwell Gbogboade.

“Most people at this point know that these things are scams and not to engage, but there are still some trusting souls out there who fall victim, who fall prey.”

She hopes detectives will get more information that will lead them to the mastermind of the scheme. The defendant faces theft charges and is being held on $750,000 bail.

Reported by Brad Segall, KYW Newsradio

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