Man pays $200,000 to save fake girlfriend in online scam

By Emil
Feb 28, 2011
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  1. A 48-year-old Illinois man has experienced an online scam that was particularly devastating, both financially and emotionally. A woman he believed to be his online girlfriend turned out to be a fake, and his money has disappeared with her.

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  2. aj_the_kidd

    aj_the_kidd TS Rookie Posts: 555

    There's no fricking way i would fork out over $200,000 for a girl over 2 years online or in person. But yeah i feel sorry for the guy, i imagine an exercise in common sense would have prevented this from occurring, but i guess the guy was too lonely
  3. Wendig0

    Wendig0 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,101   +95

    Haha, I'm sorry... I just... BWAHAHAHAHA! *******.

    You see kids, THIS is why you need to leave the computer chair and go OUT!
  4. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,258

    Do I feel sorry for him? Hell no.
    Smart enough to amass $200k and stupid enough to blow it on what sounds like a plot from a bad tv episode.

  5. HaMsTeYr

    HaMsTeYr TS Maniac Posts: 376

    Similarly enough, my sympathies are also reserved for the non *****ic... for the matter that she was an online girlfriend as well... haha 200,000 bucks? good luck to him. He could've used that money to see if they can treat low IQ.

    and yes i'm mean.
  6. Jurassic4096

    Jurassic4096 Banned Posts: 155

    i dont feel sorry for this man at all.
  7. intelinside

    intelinside TS Rookie

    aaaaaaaaa hahahahaha!!!! I still dont get it how he made $200k at the first place. inheritence, may be?

    Applaud goes to the other guy (or gal).
  8. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,219   +157

    In other news ....a Chicago bank across town was held up when the robbers sent a stick up note and the gun in the drive-thru tube.

    They keep saying that....but there's this big scary glowing orb in the sky! :p :)
  9. lipe123

    lipe123 TS Evangelist Posts: 632   +163


    What a waste of money tho, he could have used that money to get a real life instead.

    Wow it's just so mind boggling dumb that I'm really at a lack of words, I mean sure my younger self had some online disappointments but I was never stupid enough to send money!
  10. negroplasty

    negroplasty TS Guru Posts: 516   +12

    Awesome, what a *******.
  11. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,462   +1,760

    The Scarlett "L"........(For "loser")

    This is the kind of nitwit that would let this happen to him, then go on the 6 o'clock local TV news and bellyache about online scams. As if that isn't bad enough, the reporters would most likely pander to him. Hey, this guys even stupid enough to think that they actually give a crap.

    Anyway, no such thing would ever happen in my "hood". The "escorts" cost less than the Viagra. For fifty bucks you can probably make it a threesome.
  12. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,681   +86

    If he wanted to blow away all his money, I think he could have been better off spending it with 'girls' from a certain 'adult entertainment' magazine house (I am sure all of you remembered that scam which came out couple of years ago) instead on some guy pretending to be a woman. At least he would have gotten his money's worth in someway. ;)

    Captain has hit on the same point, but I took into account the sum involved and accordingly adjusted the standard of 'escorts'.
  13. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,219   +157

    ..he probably should go hang out in Caps hood..

    ...Check please...:p:haha::wave:
  14. dcrosenthal

    dcrosenthal Banned Posts: 25

    Shouldn't you take your own advice? I mean what were you doing when you wrote this? LOL..
  15. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 3,797   +116

    Wonders if his "online girlfriend" was really a "Cam girl"..... :haha:
  16. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,681   +86

    Thanks correction made and for any further clarification just search ;)
  17. TitoBXNY

    TitoBXNY TS Addict Posts: 225   +46

    Stupid is what stupid does. Estupido! Epic Fail!
  18. Lurker101

    Lurker101 TS Evangelist Posts: 727   +230

    Wow people are stupid. No sympathy from me, at all.
  19. tragicallyhip

    tragicallyhip TS Booster Posts: 84   +9

    The guy has probably been bald,over weight,and a social cripple all his life.The pic's that were sent to him must have made him feel very special,I can see how someone this emotionally and socially stunted got burned.
  20. bakape

    bakape TS Enthusiast Posts: 123

    First sensible comment of the day. It's not stupidity, it's a socially inexperienced introvert letting his despair take hold of him. IQ comes into play, but that is not the main point.
  21. yRaz

    yRaz TS Evangelist Posts: 1,828   +880

    I am writing an essay about the need for social acceptance as I logged on to read this >.<. I'm going to cite this and use it in my essay.

    But I would much rather spend that $200k on 40,000 $50 *****s...that or a computer that can play crysis.
  22. Tazo The Vault

    Tazo The Vault TS Member Posts: 32

    Wow. There's just no excuse for that. This man is an *****, plain and simple. I'd feel more sorry for him if it didn't go so perfectly for Mr./Mrs. Scammer.
  23. LightHeart

    LightHeart TS Rookie Posts: 155

    I do feel sorry for him; obviously he is a very lonely man who let his emotions get the better of him. He spent $200K not on himself but to try and help someone else. Should he have looked before he leapt, of course though I don’t feel I should be any less compassionate for him. Hopefully he has not only learned an important lesson but will be an example to others to check things out and verify things before parting with some hard earned cash.
  24. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,140   +481

    I can sort of understand. Feeling lonely can be really hard, especially for us guys. It is even worse if you have medical problems like depression.

    So do I feel sorry for him, yea. But I am also shaking my head and saying what were you thinking... He can send me $200K and I'll set him up with a sweet server (and his own desktop) to have fun on atleast.
  25. g4mer

    g4mer TS Maniac Posts: 310

    I don't feel sorry for him at all. I would kill anyone who has online girlfriends.

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