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Online daters falling victim to 'love scams'

By Lori Brown - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Online dating fraud is leaving some people broken hearted and broke.

An online dating scam victim, who asked to be called Rebecca, said she was still stunned that the man she met online turned out to be part of a nationwide scam.

"It's just sickening how far people will go to get some money," she said.

The man claimed to be Major Greg Rodgers. He said he was serving his country in Afghanistan for seven months. Rebecca and Rodgers never met or spoke on the phone, but he still said he wanted to marry her when he got back home.

"It was so thick I couldn't breathe," said Rebecca.

Then, Rodgers started asking for money.

"The first time he asked me for money, he said his son was sick," she said.

Rebecca never sent any money, and then saw reports on the so-called "love scam" on television. Scammers were using military photos to woo women and eventually get them to send money. The scammers even used a picture of a young boy they claimed was Rodgers' son.

Rebecca said she cannot wait to give the man or woman behind the photo a piece of her mind.

"I'm going to let him have it," she said. "I'm going to let him know you're a scam."

Authorities said faith-based dating websites are often the target, with Christian singles parting ways with millions.

Investigators said the best way to protect yourself is to pay attention to those disclaimers warning you not to send money to anybody you do not know.

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