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66-Year-Old Woman Scammed Out Of $300K On Christian Mingle Dating Site!

According to the Huffington Post on January 17th, 2014:

One 66-year-old divorcée turned to online dating to find love, but instead lost $300,000 to a scamScam A Scam is a confidence trick - a crime -  is an attempt to defraud a person or group after first gaining their trust through deception. Scams or confidence tricks exploit victims using their credulity, naïveté, compassion, vanity, irresponsibility, or greed and exploiting that. Researchers have defined confidence tricks as "a distinctive species of fraudulent conduct ... intending to further voluntary exchanges that are not mutually beneficial", as they "benefit con operators ('con men' - criminals) at the expense of their victims (the 'marks')". A scam is a crime even if no money was lost. artist from Nigeria pretending to be the perfect man.

The woman, who wished to remain anonymous, recently told a local ABC affiliate in San Jose, Calif. that she met the crook on the dating website Christian Mingle. The man claimed to be an oil rig worker from the UK and showed his interest in the woman by sending her flowers and text messages.

Then he asked her for money for his oil business, reports The San Antonio Mercury News.

The woman agreed, dipping into her retirement fund to send the man $300,000. The woman wired an additional $200,000 at his request, but someone in her life intervened and reported the incident to authorities.

Upon an investigation by the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s office, authorities realized it was a scam and traced the transactions back to an email address in Nigeria. They were able to recover the woman’s $200,000, but they say the odds of the woman getting the rest of her money back are slim.

So-called “sweetheart scamsScams A Scam is a confidence trick - a crime -  is an attempt to defraud a person or group after first gaining their trust through deception. Scams or confidence tricks exploit victims using their credulity, naïveté, compassion, vanity, irresponsibility, or greed and exploiting that. Researchers have defined confidence tricks as "a distinctive species of fraudulent conduct ... intending to further voluntary exchanges that are not mutually beneficial", as they "benefit con operators ('con men' - criminals) at the expense of their victims (the 'marks')". A scam is a crime even if no money was lost.” like this are becoming increasingly common on dating websites. Back in November a man in Utah named Carl Estep was sent to prison after scamming two women out of $300,000 using what the authorities called a “romance scam.”

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