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Here's why you don't give $70,000 to somebody you've never met

Here's why you don't give $70,000 to somebody you've never met

A man is suing the online dating site OkCupid because it didn't warn him that he could be scammed. The failed relationship cost him $70,000.

Michael Picciano met "Bruce Thompson" in February of last year through the site and exchanged emails. They then started talking over the phone.

“Believing his story because he now trusted Thompson based on their multiple daily conversations,” Picciano went to his bank — the Little Neck branch of Capital One — and made two wire transfers worth a total of $12,000 to a Charles Willard in Dallas, Texas, according to court papers.

When those funds were returned to Capital One, Thompson asked Picciano to send the money instead to the account of Dennis E. Racer in Addison, Texas, according to the court papers.

Picciano sent a third wire transfer of $12,000 to Edmond Thebeau in Ontario, Canada and a fourth wire in mid April to MacBenson and Associates in Manchester, England.

After losing the $70,000, Picciano sued the site for not giving subscribers warnings.

See the whole New York Daily News story here.

 

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