Men scamming dating women
“My friends advised me to go online and try to find someone to share my life with,” she says via Skype.
Firefly spent a lot of time on her profile, thinking she needed to be entirely honest and open if she hoped to really connect with someone.
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.
According to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center, online romance scams account for higher financial losses than any other internet-based crime.
It’s not uncommon for victims to lose tens of thousands of dollars.
He said he worked on an oil rig and needed money, so she started sending thousands of dollars.
In the UK on a student visa, he used a picture of a soldier wearing full military uniform as his profile picture.Five years ago, an Austrian woman decided to give online dating a try.(She asked that I only use her internet handle, Firefly, for reasons that will soon become clear.) It had been about a year since Firefly got divorced.It's a heartbreaking reminder that it's impossible to truly know who you might be communicating with online.The woman sent hundreds of thousands of dollars to someone who doesn't even exist, sending shockwaves through the Troy community."Wow, that's scary," Carol Corbin said.