Police are warning online love-seekers to be careful after a Nanaimo, B.C., senior lost almost $100,000 in an online dating scam. Nanaimo RCMP say the woman met a man calling himself Jonathan Lucron in late 2016 on Match.com, an online dating site, while looking for companionship in the wake of her husband’s death.
Scammers frequently target older single women
The man claimed to be a civil engineer working in China and started telling the woman he needed money for various reasons. Eventually, Lucron told the woman he would be travelling to a nearby city to propose to her on New Year’s Eve. When he never showed up, the woman realized she had been scammed and contacted police. Scams like this are common and scammers frequently target older single women, who tend to be less experienced with computers and the internet.
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Marina Burghard writes for Canadian Fraud News about fraud-related cases, whistleblower, jurisdiction, identity theft, consumer protection, etc. – essentially about scams and how to protect yourself against this kind of fraudulent criminal behavior. She holds a Master’s degree in Political Science where her interest in criminology grew. Besides fraud, Marina’s scientific interest lies in terrorism, extremism and how to deal with it as a society.