Vancouver Island senior loses nearly $100K in online dating scam

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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, 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.

Read more at CBC News.

This article is summarized by Canadian Fraud News Inc.