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Arizona woman charged with scamming widow she met on Words With Friends gaming app

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Arizona woman charged with scamming widow she met on Words With Friends gaming app

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An Arizona woman is facing multiple fraud charges for allegedly scamming a widow she met on the popular Words With Friends gaming app out of thousands of dollars by posing as a man named Garth Davis and asking for cash.  

Carla Ann Whaley, 70, was arrested at her home in Gilbert, Arizona on Monday for what police call a ‘romance scam’ that cost an unnamed Tennessee woman nearly $34,000. 

According to court documents, the victim told Gilbert Police in November that she had been feeling vulnerable and lonely since her husband died earlier in the year and found comfort speaking to a man she met on the gaming app who said his name was ‘Garth Davis.’

The widow said ‘Garth’ was easy to talk to and they became romantically involved in March. They moved their chats to Google Hangouts around the same time and that’s when ‘Garth’ said he was having trouble accessing his bank accounts and began asking for cash and gift cards. 

A few months later, ‘Garth’ began requesting the money be sent to his ‘friend’ Carla Whaley, and the victim grew suspicious and contacted police. By then, she had already given ‘Garth’ thousands of dollars. 

Carla Ann Whaley, 70, was arrested at her home in Gilbert, Arizona on Monday for a ‘romance scam’ that cost an ‘lonely’ unnamed Tennessee widow nearly $34,000

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