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Old 03-21-2019, 12:06 PM
 
Location: England
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English Dave- my apologies. The phrase was lost in translation (actually on second read, I just read it incorrectly). I'm glad you took it in good stride, unlike this other poster.

To Chaofan....your guess is wrong. English is my first language. Now take your own advise, and CALM DOWN!!!
No problem at all personone. Sometimes, I type away using expressions unfamiliar to folks in other countries.

I sometimes even use cockney rhyming slang, which few understand outside England.
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Old 03-21-2019, 12:07 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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I too, an American, am completely understanding of the phrase "But what can you do".
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Old 03-21-2019, 12:17 PM
 
Location: State of Transition
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I too, an American, am completely understanding of the phrase "But what can you do".
I don't think it has the same nuance in American English.
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Old 03-21-2019, 12:34 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?
People do the stupidest **** for the stupidest reasons. Itís part of what makes us human, unfortunately.
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Old 03-21-2019, 12:38 PM
 
Location: State of Transition
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You know what?
Something is wrong. I don't buy her story.
*She's in Oakland; he's in San Francisco. Jeez, just go over the bridge and meet! It's not that far.
* Then there is the question of a hairstylist have 273K to send. Not that I want to throw rocks at hairstylists, but usually one with 273K in the bank, well, isn't really a hairstylist.
Something is wrong. The story didn't really tell us much, so we don't know, but as it's written?......... Nah.
Exactly my point, too. It's not like he was presenting himself as someone from overseas or across the country. Interesting that the scammer targeted the SF area, though, because it has a Chinese bank.

As someone else pointed out, the size of her savings might make sense, if she owned her own business, in which case, she wasn't "just" a hairdresser, she was a business owner. Maybe she'd gotten lucky with investing her money.

What's more unbelievable, IMO, is that she'd throw her entire retirement away on someone she'd been corresponding with online for a few weeks; someone who practically lives next door. How does "I fell in love" explain it? He was roughly a generation younger than her (according to how he presented himself), for inexplicable reasons used a Chinese bank as a US serviceperson, was about to be deployed to a region the US, last I heard, was pulling out of, and for unexplained reasons, required over a quarter million dollars to finance the deployment???

Let's see; how many red flags can we count in that situation? And she apparently went on local network news with her story? Apparently she figured, that if the police couldn't stop these scams, she could warn others?
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Old 03-21-2019, 05:48 PM
 
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What's weird is that one lived in San Francisco, the other in Oakland---why did she not want to meet him in person for the first five weeks of their "relationship?" They lived just minutes from each other...
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Old 03-21-2019, 06:01 PM
 
Location: NE Mississippi
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Exactly my point, too. It's not like he was presenting himself as someone from overseas or across the country. Interesting that the scammer targeted the SF area, though, because it has a Chinese bank.

As someone else pointed out, the size of her savings might make sense, if she owned her own business, in which case, she wasn't "just" a hairdresser, she was a business owner. Maybe she'd gotten lucky with investing her money.

What's more unbelievable, IMO, is that she'd throw her entire retirement away on someone she'd been corresponding with online for a few weeks; someone who practically lives next door. How does "I fell in love" explain it? He was roughly a generation younger than her (according to how he presented himself), for inexplicable reasons used a Chinese bank as a US serviceperson, was about to be deployed to a region the US, last I heard, was pulling out of, and for unexplained reasons, required over a quarter million dollars to finance the deployment???

Let's see; how many red flags can we count in that situation? And she apparently went on local network news with her story? Apparently she figured, that if the police couldn't stop these scams, she could warn others?
I'm inclined to believe it was just an attempt to get attention.
There have been dozens of these types of things - sometimes with no real apparent benefit to the "victim". Just attention. "Balloon Boy" comes to mind.
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Old 03-21-2019, 10:51 PM
 
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Why can't I ever find these women? I could sure use the money.....
Joking aside, you don't want to scam someone, so you don't look for people to scam. But if you wanted to find them, you probably could.
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Old 03-21-2019, 10:55 PM
 
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Exactly my point, too. It's not like he was presenting himself as someone from overseas or across the country. Interesting that the scammer targeted the SF area, though, because it has a Chinese bank.

As someone else pointed out, the size of her savings might make sense, if she owned her own business, in which case, she wasn't "just" a hairdresser, she was a business owner. Maybe she'd gotten lucky with investing her money.

What's more unbelievable, IMO, is that she'd throw her entire retirement away on someone she'd been corresponding with online for a few weeks; someone who practically lives next door. How does "I fell in love" explain it? He was roughly a generation younger than her (according to how he presented himself), for inexplicable reasons used a Chinese bank as a US serviceperson, was about to be deployed to a region the US, last I heard, was pulling out of, and for unexplained reasons, required over a quarter million dollars to finance the deployment???

Let's see; how many red flags can we count in that situation? And she apparently went on local network news with her story? Apparently she figured, that if the police couldn't stop these scams, she could warn others?
I met a woman (late 50's) at a bar who said she had been scammed out of $100,000 by someone she met online. But that guy told her he was in the military and stationed overseas, so meeting him would have been a lot tougher than driving/BARTing from SF to the East Bay.
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Old 03-21-2019, 11:20 PM
 
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Sorry ladies but females are more vulnerable than males when it comes to the need for love and getting scammed or otherwise abused in the process. In many instances women will continue to get beaten up by their male partners rather than to leave them. In the past i worked in several social work positions and witnessed this kind of thing more often than I can count. While I wasn't allowed to actually come right out and say it, I DID often think, "God, what IS IT that drives these women that results in them being total idiots?"
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