After weeks of living in e-harmony, Cole asked for help.“It was maybe dollars. As Montgomery’s heart grew, so did Cole’s requests.
“Yes, I fell in love with the idea of this man,” said Montgomery Two years and one million dollars later, Cole confessed: it was just a scam.
Experts say if you haven’t met face to face, or if you haven’t known the person for a long time, never, ever send them money.
Also read the fine print on the dating site, most of them don’t run background checks on their users.
Just in time for Valentine's Day, the FBI is warning of online dating scams.
The bureau received more than 15,000 reports linked to romance scams last year with more than half of those complaints involving losses of money.
"I wasn't lonely, That's where the widowed mother of four met a British businessman who called himself Eric Cole.
She never dreamed her love letters would later be at the heart of an FBI investigation.“A lot of things happened over 2 years as you can imagine, and I sent him a lot of money,” said Montgomery. That’s a lot of money.”“That’s not the first 7-figure loss that I’ve even heard of,” said FBI Supervisory Special Agent Jason Manar.He needed money in a hurry or he’d be thrown out of the country just a few months shy of earning his degree.Candace wired him the small sum without hesitation – but when he contacted her a few weeks later saying he needed a much bigger sum to pay legal bills, she realized she was being scammed.S., nothing will happen.“I think there needs to be a lot more to be done to protect the profiles and to protect… PI’s like Reggie say don't be afraid to research your possible love interest’s name, phone number and email through Google.Run their profile picture through a Google image search, and check their name in online court records.“You'd certainly like to know if the guy you just had coffee with and you thought was pretty cute was involved in a stalking case,” said Reggie.