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This is a submitted Article. Online dating websites are not as safe, convenient and “costless” in reality. Becareful who you are dealing with.

Subject: Love Scam
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She had gone on the Web to search for a life partner but his web of lies left her nearly $12,000 poorer.

Last Friday night, the 37-year-old accounts executive, who declined to
be named, made a police report after she was cheated by a man she ‘met’
on international dating website match.com

She had gone on the Web to search for a life partner but his web of lies left her nearly $12,000 poorer.


Last Friday night, the 37-year-old accounts executive, who declined to
be named, made a police report after she was cheated by a man she ‘met’
on international dating website match.com


The divorcee with three children had put up her profile on match.com after hearing success stories from
friends and colleagues.




She, too, thought she had found love when two months ago, the man,
who went by the username tony7407 and who claimed to be Taiwanese, sent
her an e-mail message. They chatted online daily, occasionally calling each other over the phone too.


The man, claiming to be working in an investment company in Hong Kong, was ‘caring and knowledgeable’.




‘He said we had a future together and I believed him. He even said
he was going to visit me in Singapore within the next two weeks,’ she
said. Just as she began to let her guard down, he told her he had lost heavily in the recent stock market crash.


Now eager to help him, she invested $5,500 through a ‘VIP account’
of his client. He promised her it would ‘definitely make money’.


Last Monday, he told her the stock market had rebounded, she had
made a huge profit, and that his company would reinvest the profits.




Twenty-four hours later, more good news came: She had made a million dollars. But to get her money, she had to remit $10,000 in administrative
fees. Smooth as ever, when she said she did not have that sum, he said
he would borrow it from friends.


Later that day, he claimed to have borrowed about half the money. He
also said he would get into trouble if his company knew he had
illegally used his client’s account.


Not wanting to see her ‘boyfriend’ in trouble, the woman called her sister, who works in China, to remit $6,100 to him.


But the man failed to log in that afternoon, as he usually did. Now
suspecting a scam, the woman called him on the phone. He denied
receiving the money.




She then tried to get her sister to stop the fund transfer but it was too late. Last Friday, she made a police report in Singapore and in Hong Kong
but was told that her chances of getting the money back was slim.


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