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He lost his tools and needed money to rent them, he needed funds to pay his staff and enough to pay hospital bills after he supposedly had a stroke."It's almost like you know something is coming, but you're in so, so far. The two arranged to meet at the South Bend airport twice. Four months and thousands of dollars later, Tonya had had enough and told John she couldn't give him any more money."I had sent this man a total of almost $150,000 by this time."Unfortunately, stories like “Tonya's” are not rare at all.
Last January we ran an article about some then-recent online dating scams, the same basic story only with slightly different details: victim enrolls in online dating site; meets a man with whom she exchanges frequent phone calls and online chats, although they never actually met face to face; the man claims to be in love and then starts citing sob stories which can only be alleviated if the woman sends money. Not currently in the US (and thus conveniently unavailable for face-to-face meetups)? “Waiting for a huge check” – well, John's requests for loans to pay for alleged business trips, or manage payroll at the company he allegedly owns, sort of falls into that category.
The woman – whom WNDU is calling “Tonya” for purposes of the story – said “It got pretty intense fairly quickly.
'I love you, I want to be with you for the rest of my life.' Lots of passion and lots of attention.
Just really making me feel special.”But within only a few weeks, those declarations of love were soon mixed with requests for money: John told Tonya he needed money while traveling overseas on a planned work trip to Egypt.
It was one catastrophe after the next and his excuses were excessive.
A couple months after the story ran, a reader named Nancy Mitchell read it and commented that she ran across such would-be scammers all the time. The best way to protect yourself from such scams to to remember the rest of Nancy's comment: “Bottom line, I wouldn't give money to people I KNOW, let alone some stranger.
Her description of a generic love-scammer sounded almost exactly like “John Hagen” from South Bend, Indiana: Engineer?
It turns out that the crippling fear of an awkward first date is the least of your troubles.
A fraud is sweeping online dating sites, according to a special report in this month’s issue of Glamour Magazine.
The man introduced himself as “John Hagen,” supposedly an engineer from nearby South Bend.Tags: Adult Dating, affair dating, sex dating