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NH lawmaker says scammer tried to threaten, extort him over online relationship

NH lawmaker says scammer tried to threaten, extort him over online relationship
CONCORD — A New Hampshire lawmaker who represents part of the Upper Valley says he called the FBI recently to report an attempt to extort money from him after he fell prey to an apparent online scheme.State Sen. Bob Giuda, R-Warren, said in a social...

Giuda, 68, said the relationship lasted for two months and included private conversations and the sharing of “inappropriate” photographs after they met in an online chat site.” Giuda said feelings of “sadness and loneliness” stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic and not being able to see his wife, Christine, led him to turn to a chat site for company.Giuda said the pandemic has prevented him from making the 104-mile trip to visit his wife for nearly six months.Giuda said the threats made were violent, continued to escalate, and also targeted his wife, and so he went to the FBI for help.

(AP Photo/Cheryl Senter) By TIM CAMERATO Valley News Staff Writer Published: 10/6/2020 5:26:32 PM Modified: 10/6/2020 5:26:23 PM CONCORD — A New Hampshire lawmaker who represents part of the Upper Valley says he called the FBI recently to report an attempt to extort money from him after he fell prey to an apparent online scheme.The 26-town district stretches from the northern Upper Valley to the Lakes Region and includes the towns of Haverhill, Piermont, Orford, Orange and Dorchester.

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