Skip to comments.Online Cupid Breaks Local Woman’s Heart and Her Pocketbook ($450,000)
Posted on 02/21/2013 5:31:50 PM PST by nickcarraway
Many couples celebrated Valentines Day with cards, chocolates and red roses. Sweet expressions of undying love, devotion and affection for that special someone. Sadly, many others celebrated Valentines Day with an online con-artist after being lured into a fraudulent relationship with someone posing as the perfect soul mate.
Unfortunately, one online cupid who claimed to be an American businessman working as an Investor in a Ghana Gold Mine Association duped a local woman into believing their long distance romance and business partnership was golden. The woman received an e-mail from the heartless scammer shortly after posting her profile on an internet dating site. What started off as casual conversation, quickly turned romantic, with the victim even receiving a delivery of red roses. At first the victim believed she was investing in a mining business and began loaning the suspect money with the agreement she would be paid back in monthly installments. The scammer sent the victim fake promissory notes and other fraudulent documents to convince the victim he was a legitimate business man. As the months passed and the relationship bloomed, the scammer began requesting the victim send money to bank accounts located in Accra, Ghana as well as clothing, luggage, jewelry and very expensive electronic devices. Within six months, the scammer had drained the victims bank account of nearly $450,000.00. The chances of recovering these funds are now nearly impossible since the victim wired the money and mailed the packages to a location outside of the United States.
If you or someone you know is involved in online dating, be forewarned: the online contact could be a criminal sitting in a cyber cafe with a well-rehearsed script thats being used on thousands of other innocent victims. They are experts in exploiting the vulnerability of their victim and can be difficult to spot unless you know what red flags to look for:
Their profile seems to disappear off the web site immediately after conversation begins They claim it was destiny or fate and you are meant to be together They immediately ask for your picture and they send you a picture of themselves They immediately want your address to send flowers, candy, and teddy bears, often purchased with stolen credit cards They claim to love you either immediately or within 24-48 hours They claim God brought you to him/her They typically claim to be from the US but are currently overseas for business or family matters They are gone from your conversation for a length of time and avoid your personal questions They send you poems or love letters, most of which can be traced back to lovingyou.com.
A majority of them claim to have lost a spouse/child/parent in a horrific accident
These are all lies intended to take money from unsuspecting victims. Although these romances can be extremely exciting the Sheriffs Office encourages you to apply common sense over your feelings. To obtain more information on romance scams, visit www.romancescams.org or contact the fraud line at 239-477-1242.
dang you to heck
anyone who says they love you and then asks for money....well, they don’t love YOU, but they love your money...
Forrest Gump said it best...stupid is as stupid does.
Sorry this lade lost her dough but she has no one to blame but herself.
How does anyone that stupid have 450K in the bank to begin with?
Good question. My guess is a dead husband, inheritance or the lottery.
“How does anyone that stupid have 450K in the bank to begin with?”