The quest for love is rarely easy, but it can be even tougher to find online. Lonely singles are not the only ones browsing on line dating websites. So are criminals driven by a love of other people’s money. “You hear about people getting scammed out of $2,000, but I got scammed out of $17,000,” said a middle-aged Portland-area woman who asked to remain anonymous.
A Portland woman says that men she met on the dating website Christian Mingle stole her heart—and all of her money. “I honestly believed him when he told me he loved me and he was going to be here with me,” the woman, who asked to remain anonymous, told Portland television station KGW. What’s curious about the story is that it appears the woman was scammed not once but twice on the online dating site. The first man contacted her shortly after she joined Christian Mingle, and told her he was living in the Seattle area. He soon confessed that he was in love, but before he could be with the woman he had to go see his critically sick mother in Spain.