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Old Yesterday, 11:43 AM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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I have an elderly SIL that was scammed out of at least a quarter of a mil over the course of a couple of years, lost a paid for condo and a nice townhome as a result, ended up basically homeless. And if you gave her $5,000 today, she would send it to the scammer in a heart beat. She is now about 90, but is not dense or stupid or etc.

Also, have a distant relative that has her own nail/hair salon, always drives a new BMW, has a really, really nice house, and thinks nothing of flying across the country for the weekend. She's never been scammed, but I suspect she could pony up the $237k if required. Just sayin'
I have a good Vietnamese friend (known since elementary school) whose parents own a hair/nail salon in the DC suburbs. They had a respectable business but were not rich by an means. They were able to help send their kids to college after working for years, but lived the middle class lifestyle other than that. So I guess like every business, financial success varies. Not saying that you canít have a bmv being a nail/hair salon owner but I donít think the majority are driving around in BMVs and jet setting across the world. Otherwise people would be lining up to own one!
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Old Yesterday, 12:36 PM
 
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I have a good Vietnamese friend (known since elementary school) whose parents own a hair/nail salon in the DC suburbs. They had a respectable business but were not rich by an means. They were able to help send their kids to college after working for years, but lived the middle class lifestyle other than that. So I guess like every business, financial success varies. Not saying that you canít have a bmv being a nail/hair salon owner but I donít think the majority are driving around in BMVs and jet setting across the world. Otherwise people would be lining up to own one!

Somewhere in the article, it said that the $237,000 was her life savings.
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Old Yesterday, 01:30 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles County
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This doesn't really add up. If someone manages to save $273K over the course of their life by age 56 they are doing better than most of the population. How could they suddenly forget everything they learned to save up that $273K and give it all away for a love they've never met in person?
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Old Yesterday, 02:42 PM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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This doesn't really add up. If someone manages to save $273K over the course of their life by age 56 they are doing better than most of the population. How could they suddenly forget everything they learned to save up that $273K and give it all away for a love they've never met in person?
Exactly. That is what I am trying to figure out. Something isnít adding up. This happens pretty commonly, but itís usually not to the tune of hundreds of thousands of dollars. She had only known him for 5 weeks, never met him, and just drops almost $300K (her life savings) into his bank account???? Like I said, if she had given him $1000 I wouldnít blink an eye, but $300K is just difficult to fathom in this scenario.

The article was so short that it doesnít explain in detail how this happened. It would be nice to know those missing details.
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Old Yesterday, 02:52 PM
 
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https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/20...money?page=112

Read the comments to this blog on the federal trade commission page. Over 100 pages of people being conned by these online love interests.

I started reading this so I could find more evidence to show my friend, but I’ve kind of just given up.
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Old Yesterday, 03:58 PM
 
Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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I get single, male requests all the time on facebook. For fun sometimes I'll accept the friendship to see what they say (every once in a blue moon it is someone I actually know) and the ones I don't know, always send me an IM starting out, "Hello, dear."

Why do they always call me dear?

Many are current or former military and many are widowed.

Delete immediately. Block immediately.

How can you NOT see these are scams?
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Old Yesterday, 04:38 PM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/20...money?page=112

Read the comments to this blog on the federal trade commission page. Over 100 pages of people being conned by these online love interests.

I started reading this so I could find more evidence to show my friend, but Iíve kind of just given up.
Yes, the online dating scams are very common. I just can't fathom and have never heard of a scam to the tune of almost $300K in this story. That large of a scam, while there may be a few examples, I would hope is not common. I guess this story reinforces to NEVER under any circumstances give away money to someone you have never met. I would never do it to begin with, but I guess stories like this happen???
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Old Yesterday, 05:19 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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My MIL got scammed by a younger guy, in person rather than online. She married him and he took everything she had except her house and her pension. He married 5 other older women within 2 years. MIL said he was a beautiful man, very sweet, and they had a passionate relationship, so she believed they were in love.
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Old Yesterday, 10:33 PM
 
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This doesn't really add up. If someone manages to save $273K over the course of their life by age 56 they are doing better than most of the population. How could they suddenly forget everything they learned to save up that $273K and give it all away for a love they've never met in person?
Indeed.... Its sad how many people forget the internet is the same ppl they deal with in person!!

Ya cant trust things like that!!

Its too bad she cant get at least SOME of her $$$$$$ back.......
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Old Yesterday, 10:59 PM
 
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It's a fact that women run on their emotions far more than do men (males and females ARE psychologically as well as biologically different from one another) and are more likely to be the target for these kinds of scams. Some women, many women, will give up pretty much everything simply 'to be loved'.
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