Sunday, June 26

How I lost over $ 150,000 on an online dating site

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Rachel Elwell

Image source, Rachel Elwell


After publishing Rachel Elwell’s story, the BBC received a flood of messages from people who have suffered similar scams.

When Rachel Elwell was contacted by a man on a dating site last January, she decided to accept his virtual invitation.

“His photo was cute,” he recalls. “He seemed to like the same things as me and sounded like an open and genuine person,” he told the BBC.

But what started as a promising exchange turned out to be a nightmare for the 50-year-old Briton.

Two and a half months later, Rachel would finish on the brink of bankruptcy, after giving more than $ 157,000 of his money to this man, whom he never met in person.

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