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Nanaimo woman loses $100,000 in online dating scam

Vancouver Sun logo Vancouver Sun 13/01/2017 The Canadian Press
052016-TEC-Digital_Life-Cyber_Spring_Cleaning-Tips-0521_sex_arrest-W.jpg © Damian Dovarganes 052016-TEC-Digital_Life-Cyber_Spring_Cleaning-Tips-0521_sex_arrest-W.jpg RCMP say an elderly Nanaimo woman was robbed of $100,000 in an online dating scam.

Police say the woman signed up on soon after she was widowed and began exchanging emails, texts and phone calls with a man who claimed to be a civil engineer working in China.

He later began asking for money for work projects, which she sent to various accounts around the globe after he promised to pay her back.

Police say she discovered she’d been scammed when he said he wanted to marry her but failed to show up at the city where they had arranged to meet.

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