A Chemainus woman who fell for a scam from a man on a dating site is cautioning others about responding too willingly to requests for money no matter what the circumstances. She knows women have lost far more than that to men who professed dating McComb MS love for them and then asked for cash to compensate for a predicament they encountered, a supposed worthwhile investment, a fundraising venture or some other reason that may have initially sounded believable. Rose suffered from depression following the death of her husband and a friend had been on a dating site that planted the idea in her mind.
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Anna, not her real name, lost inheritance from her parents in a type of online scam that police call " romance fraud". Anna has not been able to tell her family, saying she feels ashamed of being duped.
Anna, from Suffolk, became prey to her scammer — who called himself Tim — after meeting him dating Muskegon ladies after she lost her husband in They met on a dating website, and using its chat facility they began to get to know each other before Tim suggested they switch to WhatsApp. He sent her photographs of himself and they spoke over the phone, but never met.
After a few weeks Tim, who spoke with a South African accent, told Anna he was travelling to Romania to work on a transport project. Anna was suspicious, but Tim said she could pay the money to his translator — a woman called Harriet — rather Idaho women dating asian men direct to him.
Then his messages stopped. Anna made calls to the British Consulate and South African authorities but there was no trace of him in Romania.
I felt so sick. I feel I have been violated. The translator he had told her to transfer the money to was a real person in Bath and North East Somerset.
Harriet, also not her real name, thought she was in a relationship with a man called Toby, who told her the money coming from Free online friendship in Ann Arbor was for an investment scheme and she should pass it on to another. Harriet had also met Toby online and they had been in a relationship for eight months - he had even proposed. He would send her pictures of expensive properties he was planning to buy in the UK so they could live together.
Action Fraud, an agency run by City of London Police, discovered the money Harriet had transferred had gone to a money-laundering Yuma AZ online dating profile names in the Far East. Anna, who has managed to recover half the money through her bank, says she still finds it difficult to talk about her experience. Send your story ideas to: bristol bbc.
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