Attention, all ye singles looking for love in all the online places — if he/she really loves you, they most likely will not demand you send them large amounts of money and expensive stuff. So if your long-distance lover starts asking for extravagant gifts and cash, odds are it could be a scam, as a couple of women in New Hampshire have had the misfortune to figure out too late.
It’s sad enough to find out the object of your affection doesn’t love you, but to lose $25,000 at the same time, well, that’s really heartbreaking. WBZ-TV says a second woman has come forward to say she was defrauded by a man she met on Match.com, after the station reported on another woman whose match was a criminal working overseas. He’d also managed to swindle $25K out of his prey.
After seeing the first woman’s story, a retired teacher contacted the station to tell her tale of dating woe. While she doesn’t think it’s the same man, he also told her he was working overseas but lived in New Hampshire.
She spent eight months talking to him, and on several occasions, he asked for cash. When everything ended, she’d sent $25,000, sinking her deep into debt.
These women aren’t alone — as we’ve reported before, online dating sites are breeding grounds for scammers trying to take advantage of people trying to find the right partner. The FBI says around 5,600 people have been the victims of online dating scams in the last year, losing a grand total of $50 million dollars.