RCMP say woman met a man online who claimed to be a civil engineer working te China
Police are warning online love-seekers to be careful after a Nanaimo, B.C., senior lost almost $100,000 ter an online dating scam.
Nanaimo RCMP say the woman met a man calling himself Jonathan Lucron te late on Match.com, an online dating webpagina, while looking for companionship te the wake of hier hubby’s death.
Const. Gary O’Brien said the man claimed to be a civil engineer working ter China and commenced telling the woman he needed money for various reasons.
",She didn’t hesitate, because she thought she had found someone to share hier last years with,", O’Brien said.
",She sent thousands of dollars to various accounts, wired them across the globe.",
Eventually, Lucron told the woman he would be travelling to a nearby city to propose to hier on Fresh Year’s Eve. O’Brien said that when he never showcased up, the woman realized she had bot scammed and contacted police.
Senior women frequently targeted
O’Brien said scams like this are common and scammers frequently target older single women, who tend to be less experienced with computers and the internet.
",If you do a ordinary Google search and you punch te ‘dating scam’, the civil engineer scam will come up hundreds of times,", O’Brien said.
Police are protecting the identity of the woman, but O’Brien said she is inbetween the age of 65 and 75.
O’Brien said police have bot incapable to find Lucron, but even if they do, he said cases like this are almost unlikely to prosecute, spil the woman talent Lucron the money willingly.
O’Brien advised online daters to be aware of the potential for scams, especially if someone you’ve never met te person starts asking for money.
",Ter 99 vanaf cent of the cases, it will be an absolute fraud, and you should delete and zekering having any voeling with that person,", he said.