A Nigerian, a Christian online dating site, wire fraud – who could know?

 

Off to the cleaners

Off to the cleaner’s

Woman bilked of $500,000 by Nigerian scammer she “met” on Christianmingle.com.

The case of the 66-year-old woman conned out of her money through a meeting on ChristianMingle.com should serve as a warning about fraud schemes on international dating sites, Deputy District Attorney Cherie Bourland said.

“You get the love drug in you and you end up getting duped,” Bourland said.

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15 responses to “A Nigerian, a Christian online dating site, wire fraud – who could know?

  1. Cos Cobber

    Financial Darwin can be cruel.

  2. Anonymous

    Same stupid people who buy lottery tickets.

  3. But, but he said he was Irish:

    “The victim, a divorcee, joined ChristianMingle and befriended a Nigerian man who falsely claimed to be “David Holmes,” an Irish citizen working on a Scottish oilrig, Bourland said.”

  4. Mazama

    From the article: “Those using (dating) sites are advised to never loan money to someone online, especially someone they have never met, (the local District Attorney) said.”

    On the one hand it’s pathetic that its deemed necessary to have a government “helper” tell us things that most of us would consider common sense, but on the other hand the woman who was scammed provides evidence that some people, presumably devoid of common sense* need such “help”.

    * Those people would be the core Obama voters, I suppose…

    • Libertarian Advocate

      * Those people would be the core Obama voters, I suppose… as would also be their swindlers.

  5. Libertarian Advocate

    These are the situations in I occasionally – albeit only briefly – feel that finger nail extractions should be legal as punishment

  6. New topic: apparently Greenwich Democrats have ousted current Board of Estimate members Sean Goldrick and Randall Huffman from their own party’s town committee. Let’s unpack this: the Dem party nominates these two to join the Republicans in managing our town’s finances. Simultaneously the Democrat party indicates “but we don’t want to work with them!”

    The money quote in the Greenwich Time article is by a neighboring Democrat, Betty Bonsal. Completely oblivious to HER OWN PARTY’S ouster of the two yesterday, she says that the exclusion of Mr. Goldrick from any committee assignment BY THE BET REPUBLICANS was “…disturbing…petty….malicious.”

  7. dogwalker

    But, but, but it says “Christian” . . .

    There was a similar story on Dr. Phil a couple of weeks ago. Though, fortunately, no where near that amount of money. In that case, a woman’s friend had “encouraged” her to go on Dr. Phil, and even as she was presented with more and more evidence that the “boyfriend” did not exist, she was still in denial.

  8. America'sGrowing

    Speaking of fraud, have you read about Matthew Martoma’s attempt to try to cover up fraud at Harvard?

    http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2014/01/14/ex-sac-capital-trader-found-his-way-to-stanford-after-harvard-expulsion/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0

  9. Chimney

    I can’t believe anyone is stupid enough to fall for this con- I guess if they send it out to enough people, sooner or later the will find some older person the doesn’t know any better.

    • LMNOP

      I don’t think age or IQ are the determining factors in who gets scammed. It’s a personality, the lonely woman usually, who thinks she’s found a wonderful man and is willing to help. It happens time and time again. Lonely men fall prey to different scams, where a young thing flatters them, only to bilk them for a ton of money. It’s a scam that works worldwide. Loneliness knows no boundaries.