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‘Are You Real?’ — Inside an on-line Dating Ripoff

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A con man steals one woman’s heart — and $300,000. Here’s exactly how it just happened.

by Doug Shadel and David Dudley, AARP | Comments: 0

Picture by Gregg Segal

He had been the solution to her prayers. Before she knew it, her cost savings were gone. As well as the guy of her fantasies? He may not really exist.

*Names have now been changed to guard identities

She published him first.

A message that is short for a Thursday night during the early December 2013, under the subject line: Match?

You had been listed being a 100% Match! i will be maybe not certain exactly what a 100% match means … First, would you want to consider me personally. Check my profile.

Later on, whenever she puzzled over their relationship, she’d remember this. He had been contacted by her, maybe not one other means around. That were a fateful move; it made everything easier for him. But she don’t yet know that.

So much for this ended up being brand new. Amy* had never ever done this online-dating thing. It turned out over 2 yrs considering that the loss of her husband of twenty years; four, since she had been lost by her mom. Two sharp blows which had kept her alone in her own late 50s.

The marriage was in fact troubled; he had been abusive. His cancer tumors took him swiftly, before she had time and energy to process the thing that was taking place. A grief counselor told her to make no sudden changes in her life for at least a year, and she followed that advice after the funeral. Now she had been simply by by herself in a home secluded by the end of a gravel driveway that is long. During summer, if the woods leafed away, you mightn’t also begin to see the road or the next-door neighbors.

Amy did not feel isolated. She’d grown up here, in a conservative pocket of virginia. Her brothers and their own families lived nearby. With regards to came to meeting people that are new nonetheless, her choices had been restricted.

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