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Washington Co. man loses $400 through online dating scheme
WPXI.com ^ | March 15, 2012 | Unknown

Posted on 03/15/2012 2:14:01 PM PDT by Altariel

NORTH STRABANE, Pa. -- A Washington County man fell victim to an online dating scam and lost almost $400.

According to police, the victim thought he was talking with a woman in Nashville, Tenn., on the online dating website Lust.com.

The 42-year-old man told police they arranged to meet in Pittsburgh, but she needed him to send her money through Western Union to pay for the flight. Police said the man sent the woman money, but she never showed up.

“It’s never a good idea to send any funds via Western Union to anybody you don’t know personally,” North Strabane Police Officer Jonathan Miles said. “This type of thing doesn’t surprise me. Like Craigslist, people can be anonymous online and use it to their advantage to lure people into this false sense of security.”

According to the criminal complaint, the man wired money several times through Western Union, ultimately sending almost $400.

North Strabane Police said they’ve handled one online dating scheme that was worse. A local woman sent over $5,000 to a man online.


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: dating; scam; singles

1 posted on 03/15/2012 2:14:05 PM PDT by Altariel
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To: Altariel

A fool and his money are soon parted.


2 posted on 03/15/2012 2:14:42 PM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: Altariel

Anybody that stupid deserves whatever happens.


3 posted on 03/15/2012 2:15:17 PM PDT by Joe the Pimpernel (Islam is a religion of peace, and Moslems reserve the right to behead anyone who says otherwise.)
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To: Altariel
I'm thinking the guy who got conned bears a striking resemblance to the gentleman shown below:


4 posted on 03/15/2012 2:16:55 PM PDT by vbmoneyspender
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To: Altariel

I’m guessing he wanted more than a date with a website named lust.com. Just a hunch.


5 posted on 03/15/2012 2:18:21 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Altariel

Could have been much worse. I have heard some terrible stories. Sad but there are so desperate people due to Obama’s economy. I am not condoning the woman but these things have double and tripled since Obama becoming President.


6 posted on 03/15/2012 2:18:30 PM PDT by napscoordinator (A moral principled Christian with character is the frontrunner! Congrats Santorum!)
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To: Altariel

7 posted on 03/15/2012 2:19:03 PM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: Altariel

My momma always said, “Stupid is as stupid does.”


8 posted on 03/15/2012 2:19:40 PM PDT by kaehurowing
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To: Joe the Pimpernel

Trust me, scams can happen even on FR with nothing to do about sex.I have had it happen to me and I know of others. Not all FReepers are what they say they are.


9 posted on 03/15/2012 2:19:53 PM PDT by eastforker (Don't be ornery for Romney, instead Root for Newt!)
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To: Altariel

A randy fellow and his money are soon parted.


10 posted on 03/15/2012 2:21:01 PM PDT by 4yearlurker (Sorry,no tag line today.)
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To: Altariel

Sending $400 to a stranger he met on a website called lust.com? As a friend of mine would say, “He was thinking with the wrong head”.


11 posted on 03/15/2012 2:21:01 PM PDT by richmwill
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To: Joe the Pimpernel

“The 42-year-old man told police they arranged to meet in Pittsburgh, but she needed him to send her money through Western Union to pay for the flight.”

*****

And she didn’t include “sweetheart, I love you so much that I need your credit card numbers for our private get-away to Hawaii”? Amateur..


12 posted on 03/15/2012 2:24:49 PM PDT by max americana
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To: richmwill
Sending $400 to a stranger he met on a website called lust.com? As a friend of mine would say, “He was thinking with the wrong head”.

Exactly. What an idiot. The site is for sexual hookups. Guy must have been desperate.

13 posted on 03/15/2012 2:25:24 PM PDT by trailhkr1
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To: Vigilanteman
Obviously.

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14 posted on 03/15/2012 2:26:10 PM PDT by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis
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To: Altariel

What a dope!


15 posted on 03/15/2012 2:26:48 PM PDT by MIchaelTArchangel (Romney ruined Massachusetts. Now he wants to ruin the nation.)
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To: Altariel

1. I would never be stupid enough to do this.

2. If I was stupid enough to do this and it was only $400 dollars I would shut up and not broadcast how really stupid I was.


16 posted on 03/15/2012 2:28:55 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: eastforker

Yep. Folks send way more money than that to religious and political scammers.


17 posted on 03/15/2012 2:29:45 PM PDT by Larry Lucido (My doctor told me to curtail my Walpoling activities.)
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To: Larry Lucido

This had nothing to do with politics or religion.It was a freeper several of our local FReepers knew and even had him in our homes. but he scammed a couple of us out of about $1500.


18 posted on 03/15/2012 2:34:56 PM PDT by eastforker (Don't be ornery for Romney, instead Root for Newt!)
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To: Altariel

Everyone knows you are supposed to meet at the top of the Empire State Building.


19 posted on 03/15/2012 2:38:25 PM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: eastforker

“Lust.com. “

Oooh...found the problem.


20 posted on 03/15/2012 2:39:25 PM PDT by AppyPappy (If you really want to annoy someone, point out something obvious that they are trying hard to ignore)
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To: AppyPappy

Yep. lol


21 posted on 03/15/2012 2:41:13 PM PDT by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis
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To: eastforker

I’m sorry to hear that. Hopefully he is imprisoned now for his crimes against you and other Freepers.


22 posted on 03/15/2012 2:41:50 PM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: Vigilanteman
I’m guessing he wanted more than a date with a website named lust.com. Just a hunch.

He did get screwed so what more does he want?

23 posted on 03/15/2012 2:44:35 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (The only solution to this primary is a shoot out! Last person standing picks the candidate)
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To: Altariel

No, I don’t think he is but we do know his real name and where he lives but lifes to short for that kind of drama. He’s a thief and he knows it but he was a thief by trust, that makes it tenfold worse IMHO.


24 posted on 03/15/2012 2:46:34 PM PDT by eastforker (Don't be ornery for Romney, instead Root for Newt!)
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To: Altariel

He should feel lucky. In my home town, a guy went only to hire prostitutes, who told him to meet them at a local gas station not far from my house. He did, and they told him to drive them to a secluded cul-de-sac, where a male accomplice then beat the guy up and robbed him.

When you can’t trust online hookers, who can you trust?


25 posted on 03/15/2012 2:48:46 PM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: eastforker
he was a thief by trust, that makes it tenfold worse IMHO

So True

26 posted on 03/15/2012 2:50:19 PM PDT by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis
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To: CharlesWayneCT
When you can’t trust online hookers, who can you trust?

LOL

27 posted on 03/15/2012 2:50:47 PM PDT by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis
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To: Altariel

I got a similar e-mail last week from an acquaintance. She wrote that she was stranded in Scotland after an armed robber stole her cash and credit cards, and that she needed money so she could buy a ticket to New York and from there return to California. She asked that we send money to her e-mail address.

I almost responded to the message to ask for more details—she didn’t include a phone number, say where in Scotland she was or give the name of the hotel where she was staying. And I wondered why she didn’t contact her bank or credit card company or the tour company that she must have been with. Furthermore, I wondered why she wanted to fly to New York, when her home is in California. I’m pretty sure one can fly there from Scotland. My suspicions got the better of me, and I didn’t respond.

It’s a good thing I didn’t. The woman had never left her home 5,000+ miles southwest of Scotland. The e-mail address had apparently been jacked.


28 posted on 03/15/2012 2:51:06 PM PDT by Fiji Hill (Io Triumphe!)
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To: Altariel

That’s a shame. He could have almost filled his gas tank with that.


29 posted on 03/15/2012 2:51:26 PM PDT by old3030 (I lost some time once. It's always in the last place you look.)
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To: Altariel

Hey, he was paying so he could eventually get screwed, just not screwed like that.


30 posted on 03/15/2012 2:54:35 PM PDT by Hoffer Rand (There ARE two Americas: "God's children" and the tax payers)
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To: richmwill
Sending $400 to a stranger he met on a website called lust.com? As a friend of mine would say, “He was thinking with the wrong head”.

Knew a woman like that. Couldn't understand why all the guys she met online were complete losers. Then I found out she was using hornymatch.com as a dating service.

31 posted on 03/15/2012 3:03:10 PM PDT by Hoffer Rand (There ARE two Americas: "God's children" and the tax payers)
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To: Altariel

Maybe he made the mistake of sending his picture along with the money.


32 posted on 03/15/2012 3:23:31 PM PDT by BfloGuy (The final outcome of the credit expansion is general impoverishment.)
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To: Altariel

hope he liked the picture...


33 posted on 03/15/2012 3:49:52 PM PDT by hadaclueonce (you are paying 12% more for fuel because of Ethanol. Smile big Corn Lobby,)
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To: CharlesWayneCT

Uuuuuhhh, Dear Leader, perhaps?


34 posted on 03/15/2012 4:09:19 PM PDT by jennings2004 (57 states? Kansas or Texas? American geography is so complicated....:)))
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To: napscoordinator
Sad but there are so desperate people due to Obama’s economy. I am not condoning the woman but these things have double and tripled since Obama becoming President.

OH PLEASE!

Look - Obama, and his administration, have done man, MANY things to screw up this country, but you cannot blame him for stuff like this any more than Bush can be blamed for the same thing 4 years ago. A dumb guy thinking with his woodrow getting taken for $ has been going on for-EVER.

I went with a bunch of coworkers recently to a Hooters for beer and wings. It was my first visit to one. No, it really was. And after all this time I feel awful now knowing what I haven't been missing. The server was making suggestive comments throughout our time there, and some of this crap is actually built into the menu: "So, you want your wings hot and naked?". At one point, as she took an order at our tall table, she pressed herself against my arm (My tricep was unable to determine if the prevailing method is gaffer's tape or push-up) but she was completely aware of the point her point was making.

I am sure these women pull in a good dollar hustling drinks and nothing special overpriced food. I was amused by the pandering; a lot of men are smart enough to know she just wants a big tip. But many men are stupid enough to think she wants theirs. This guy is doubly stupid because after he got what he was trying to get (just not the way he expected) he managed to get himself into the news.

Bottom line is that it hasn't got a damn thing to do with the economy. Or am I mistaken to think that tacky women and dorky guys filling up the average Hooters is not Obama's fault?

35 posted on 03/15/2012 4:12:07 PM PDT by 70times7 (Serving Free Republics' warped and obscure humor needs since 1999!)
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To: Altariel

I don’t see the problem here.

What would it cost him to get married? Lots more than 400 bucks.


36 posted on 03/15/2012 4:58:24 PM PDT by Former War Criminal (Who am I? Why am I here?)
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To: Altariel

“Lust”....an online dating service?......sure....probably thought the woman was 12 yrs old...


37 posted on 03/15/2012 9:24:26 PM PDT by cherry
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To: Altariel
FTA

“It’s never a good idea to send any funds via Western Union to anybody you don’t know personally,” North Strabane Police Officer Jonathan Miles said.

I bet Officer Miles' secret identity IS Captain Obvious.

38 posted on 03/16/2012 4:39:55 AM PDT by JRios1968 (I'm guttery and trashy, with a hint of lemon. - Laz)
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To: Larry Lucido

Mea culpa...... I sent Fred Thompson $25 dollars and he resigned the race the next day


39 posted on 03/16/2012 4:51:03 AM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 ..... Crucifixion is coming)
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