Romance scams on dating sites
A car accident was followed by other emergencies that prevented him from coming home — and led to requests for more cash.
The spell finally broke when Joanna demanded that John show his face on a webcam.
An AARP study he co-authored last year found that Internet fraud victims had experienced significantly more negative life events in the previous two years than non-victims.
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A few months after her husband's death in 2012, Joanna — who asked her real name not be used to protect her privacy — went on looking for the soul mate she'd never had in her troubled marriage.
She soon got a message from a man who said he was a widowed engineer from Colorado.
Within a week the man calling himself John had captured Joanna's heart with compliments, humor and declarations that she was the one.