VINELAND - A Facebook scammed netted $29,000 from a 63-year-old Vineland woman.

The woman met a man on Facebook who claimed he needed help transferring money out of Africa, according to a report on

The woman first received a friend request on the social media website from someone identifying himself as Carl Smith, 51, from Los Angeles, Calif. last December — thinking that it was a person she was acquainted with.

“Shortly after accepting the request, ‘Carl Smith’ messaged her and they began to talk as friends, which quickly turned into an online relationship,” the report said.

Smith claimed to be a sales representative for “KIERS” — a business that sells office equipment and computers overseas — and told the victim in January that he was headed to Africa on a sales trip.

Smith also told the woman that his bank account was frozen and he couldn’t obtain any funds.

She repeatedly wired him cash and also opened an offshore bank account with Alliance Offshore Monetary.

The victim contacted the Vineland Police Department on April 25, reporting to them the scam, theft by deception and identity theft.

Steve Hughes

Local news editor at the Press of Atlantic City. SUNY Geneseo and Syracuse University grad. New Jersey transplant.