Conned on dating site
Victims include men and women, but the most vulnerable include widowed or divorced women over 50.
Investigators say the true number of victims is as much as 10 times higher as more scams go unreported, likely due to embarrassment.
She was looking for companionship on the singles dating site
A man who called himself Donny Koch met her on the site and said he was from London.
Last week, an Arizona man was sentenced to 16 years in prison for convincing women he met on Tinder, and other dating sites to invest thousands in fraudulent schemes. "Be careful about the information you share and be careful about who you share it with." And also watch out for a big red flag: "If a person you've never met asks you for money, it's probably a good thing to avoid," Allen added.
According to Huffington Post, perpetrators also use social media sites to create fake profiles and target victims beyond dating sites.
"All that caught my eye because that was all things that were important to me," she said.Finding love online with a millionaire turned out to be a rich story for one Upstate New York woman.The Buffalo News reports a local woman lost 8,000 after she was duped by someone she met on Millionaire Match.com, a dating site that aims to match rich and successful people with "attractive singles." She exchanged romantic messages, phone calls and photos over three months with "Marvin Roecker," who turned out to be a work of fiction.He said he worked on an oil rig and needed money, so she started sending thousands of dollars.The man then told her he was caught with all the cash she sent him and was jailed.