Nigerian Man Dupes 66-Year Old US Divorcee Over $500,000 On Christian Dating Site

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A 66-year-old woman looking for love online ended up with a
broken heart and bank account when she lost $500,000 to suitor on a Christian
dating site. The San Jose divorcee met a Nigerian man on
ChristianMingle.com falsely claiming to be Irish citizen ‘David Holmes’,
according to the Santa Clara District Attorney’s Office.
Holmes said he worked on a Scottish oil rig, and his profile
picture turned out to be a picture of a male model downloaded from the
internet. The two never met in person, but talked over the phone and
Holmes even sent the woman flowers.

Eventually he convinced her to loan him $300,000 for his oil
business – funds she supplied from her retirement account. After wiring him an additional $200,000 to a bank in Turkey,
the woman got suspicious and informed the DA’s office.
Cherie Bourland of the elder fraud unit called the bank in
Turkey and was successfully able to freeze the funds before Holmes’ associate
Wisdom Onokpite showed up to withdraw the money, according to CBS San
Francisco.
Onokpite was arrested by the Turkish National Police on
suspicion of committing fraud. The DA’s office traced Holmes to Nigeria – a ‘hot bed of
online scams’ – and he remains free.
While the woman was able to get her $200,000 back, Ms
Bourland says there’s just a ‘1 per cent’ chance she’ll recover the over
$300,000 because ‘it’s just impossible to track down’ and federal authorities
won’t investigate losses below $1million. 
Ms Bourland says reports of lost money on dating sites has
been on the rise, especially among the elderly since ‘studies show the ability
to make financial decisions is the first to be affected by aging.’
‘You get the love drug in you and you end up getting duped,’
she told the San Jose Mercury News.

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