A single Christian woman got scammed out of $500K on Christian Mingle Dating Site. *sigh* Let me preface this by saying that not everyone you meet online is truthful about who they are, you should ALWAYS be cautious. Always. Now to the article.
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.
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.
He used a picture he said was of him but was actually an image of a male model he downloaded from the Internet, Bourland said.
“There had been phone calls,” Bourland said. “He did not seem to have a Nigerian accent. He sent her flowers. But they never met in person.”
The district attorney’s office later discovered through the man’s Skype account and email address that he was living in Nigeria, which is “a hot bed of online scams,” Bourland said.
The scammer convinced the woman to wire him $300,000 as a loan for his oil business, with much of the money coming from her retirement account and funds she received after refinancing her home, prosecutors said.
That money was lost and but soon after she wired another $200,000 for him to a bank in Turkey, the woman contacted the district attorney’s office.
Bourland emailed an adverse claim document to the Turkish bank in an attempt to freeze the funds, she said.
The bank the next day reported that when a man named Wisdom Onokpite, a Nigerian national, came in to withdraw the money, bank officials contacted Turkish National Police, who arrested him on suspicion of committing fraud, Bourland said.
I’m going to play Devil’s advocate here. As a 66 year old woman, widowed, found “love” on a “GODLY CHRISTIAN” website. She’s probably lonely, someone took interest in her, sent her flowers, said the right things to her and she was smitten by this man. He claimed he was on an oil rig so that’s why he couldn’t get to her, but he wanted to start his own business, so that he could eventually spend time with her, but he needed the money to start the business, but he didn’t have it…she did. <----Now I am NOT sure if that's how it happened, all I am saying is that this could be how it happened. She might feel that no one would want her being that she is so old and widowed that she will never have a chance at love again, but she did....he was too far away, so anything to help him get closer to her probably felt like a win/win. She was following the love she had. You NEVER understand how that opposite person is saying all the correct things that you want to hear. You're lonely, they're saying everything...sending you flowers...gifts in the mail. The whole time lying to you. People aren't who they say they are online most of the time. It's sad, but hey it's through the damn internet. The television show Catfish shows you these things. She's elderly, so she probably never watches that show. Bottom line is this be MINDFUL of who you are talking to on the internet. If you have feelings for them and they have feelings for you as well, cool, BUT they could be lying. Married, using a model's picture and could be as big as the Stay Puff Marshmallow Man, you never know. Be smart. If they start asking you for money? Red flag!!! Get the F*** up on outta there. Don't send anything. This elderly woman sent $500k...she only retrieved $200k, the rest of her money is gone and there's a 1% chance that she will EVER get it back. My suggestion to her, move on over to Florida and meet an elderly man there in the retirement home and have elderly sex.