Online dating rule: never send money to someone you haven’t metNovember 24, 2009 at 8:03 am | Posted in Dating Stories, Dating Tips, News, Online Dating | Leave a comment
Tags: Bad dates, dating sucks, online fakery, romance scams
This should have been a no-brainer, but apparently a man swindled almost £100 from British women he met on FriendsReunited.com, a UK-based dating website.
By posing as a U.S. Special Forces officer called Captain Antonio Grosso, a supposed Afghanistan war hero, the con artist spun tales of caring for his cancer stricken son after his wife died three years ago. And by the way, would you mind lending me £450 to pay for his hospital bill. You will? Great, just wire the money to this Nigerian bank account…
Using a fabricated profile, fake pictures, legitimate seeming email addresses, and forged military emails and documents, the man was able to gain the trust of up to 20 women, including a banker and an ex-police officer, proving once again that love is truly blind.
Although he spoke to the women nightly–proposing to one– each of the women were guilty of the first rule of internet dating: never send money to someone you’ve never met in person. And even then, why do you want to date someone with that much baggage and needs to borrow money?
A modest effort to combat the problem is RomanceScams.org, a site that tracks online dating scammers. Think you’re communicating with an online romance scammer? Take this quiz to find out.