Fraud on internet dating sites
There was just a different way they felt about my situation, because they’d been through it. He contacted me through the dating site a few times, and then he said, “Look, I’m traveling.” He was in Houston, and he had just gotten a big contract in Malaysia. I called the company he said he was a contractor for, and they didn’t know who he was.
But again, I wasn’t anticipating anyone not telling me the truth, so I just figured, well, he’s an international contractor, maybe they don’t have those guys listed on the company roster. I felt like I understood what he was doing, because at the time, I had investments in trees in Costa Rica. So for me, that was kind of a sign, that this gentleman works in a business I have an investment in.
Looking back on it now, it was absurd, but when someone you think you’re in love with’s child is hurt, and they’re stuck in Malaysia, and they need help, that’s what I did. We had to get 0,000 from somewhere, and I didn’t have any more.
I’d send the money to Hong Kong, or to his attorney to help out the family. He asked if there was anybody in the family that could help out. On September 10, 2012, Eric came online, and he posed the question, “How do you feel about forgiveness?
So I kind of went into it trusting that what was going to happen would be good.
My friends, after about six months, said, “You know, you need a life.” I didn’t really like dating when I was 16, and I certainly didn’t want to do it at 52, but they said, . I had friends who’d met their spouses through online dating, and my mom said “Oh, one of my best friends met her husband online,” and we’re talking, like, 75 year-olds.So I figured well, heck, if it can work for them, then I can certainly try it.I’d never heard of anybody being taken by an online romance, I’d only heard the good stuff.The Cut spoke to the victim of one such scam, Debby Montgomery Johnson, now 60, who lost more than a million dollars to a scammer between 20._________ How did you meet the man who would eventually scam you? I’d been married for almost 26 years, and he had a sudden heart attack and died. Lou left [for a short trip] on a Wednesday, and I got the call Thursday morning. Lou and I had been in the military, and when we went off on temporary duty, we always said “Good-bye, and see you soon.” It was kind of like that.Lou left that morning, and said “I’ll see you tomorrow,” and then we [Deb and her four children] never saw him again.