Grove City police said a resident in the 3600 block of Sheldon Place reported Dec. 10 she believes she was a victim of scams that have cost her $14,800.
The woman said she has been playing the game, Words with Friends, online for about five years and has had online conversations with some of the people she plays against.
On Oct. 3, a man told her he was having trouble getting his belongings back to the United States from overseas, where he has been on military duty. He told her he needed $10,000 to get his belongings through customs and he could pay her back as soon as he got home.
The woman said she sent the man $5,000 on Oct. 3 and another $5,000 on Oct. 8 through a money-transfer service, reports stated.
On Oct. 20, she was contacted by another man who gave a similar story.
She sent him $4,800 through her bank to an account at another bank, according to reports.
She said that when she refused to send any more money to the first man, he threatened to send people incriminating photos of her that she had sent to him on the internet, reports stated. She said one person received an email Dec. 17 with one of the photos. Other photos that she said were not of her also were attached, the report said.
At that point, she contacted police.
In other recent Grove City police reports:
* Officers responded at 7:44 a.m. Dec. 12 to a report of an open door at an apartment in the 3300 block of Willowood Drive.
A neighbor contacted police after noticing the door was standing open. The resident who lives in the apartment was out of town, reports stated.
Officers contacted the man who gave them permission to check his residence.
No one was in the apartment, but through a discussion with the man officers confirmed that about $15,000 in cash and $15,000 in checks had been stolen from a safe and a game console was missing.
Another neighbor told police she and her husband had been awakened at 2:30 a.m. by someone knocking on their door. They opened the door to find a woman who apologized and said she had the wrong address. A short time later, they heard what sounded like someone knocking at the door of the victim's apartment.
The female neighbor said she could hear the woman whispering and thought she was speaking with the victim. She said she heard a loud slamming noise that she thought was the apartment door being closed, reports stated.
* Two residents told police a burglary occurred Dec. 13 in the 2100 block of Near Drive. Three flat-screen televisions, a laptop computer, jewelry, a DVD player and six gift cards were among the items that were stolen. Total loss was $3,230, according to reports. The couple said they discovered a broken window in their bedroom, reports stated.
* A supervisor reported several pieces of equipment were stolen from a construction site in the 2500 block of London-Groveport Road between 7 p.m. Dec. 8 and 7 a.m. Dec. 13. Total loss was $2,840, reports stated.
* A resident in the 3400 block of Gateway Lakes Drive told police her cellphone, valued at $769, was stolen. The woman said she and some roommates were followed home by four men at 3 a.m. Dec. 15. She said one of her roommates asked the men to leave.
Immediately after they left, the woman said she discovered her phone was gone and that $80 was missing from her roommate's wallet. She said she did not know who the men were, reports stated.
* A resident in the 6300 block of Rising Sun Drive reported Dec. 11 that a compound bow, two backpacks, a range finder and gutting hooks were stolen overnight from his vehicle. Total loss was $812, according to reports.
* A resident in the 2200 block of Deerfield Drive told police an assault rifle, valued at $500, and a jar containing $150 in cash were stolen from his apartment. The man said he went out of town on Dec. 4 and discovered the items were missing after he got back on Dec. 9.
* A resident in the 3800 block of Casa Boulevard told police a video-game console and game discs were stolen Dec. 11 from her residence. Total loss was $480, reports stated.