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Online dating scams target single men
    2017-November-15  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

A NUMBER of unmarried people who turned to the Internet for romance hoping to put an end to their single life have fallen victims to online dating scams, according to the Luohu District People’s Procuratorate.

The procuratorate recently disclosed several such scams that had taken place in Shenzhen to caution people seeking love about online romance traps, sznews.com reported yesterday.

One of the victims was a man, identified as Wang, who spent more than 6,000 yuan (US$909) on alcoholic beverages when dating a woman he met online.

Wang met the woman, surnamed Li, on a dating website. He found Li attractive after chatting with her on the Internet for a couple of weeks and asked to meet her in person.

They met at a bar for a date. Wang let Li order whatever she wanted to drink in order to impress her with his generosity as he estimated that it would cost him no more than 2,000 yuan. Li ordered two bottles of wine and a fruit salad during the date and that cost Wang more than 6,000 yuan as the wine Li ordered was “fine imported wine.”

Li disappeared soon after making the order with an excuse of using the bathroom. After that, Wang couldn’t reach Li, making him realize that he had been defrauded by the woman, who is suspected of colluding with the bar to sell wine at exorbitant prices.

Another scam happened to another man surnamed Zhang, who recently received piles of credit card bills on goods purchased by an ex-girlfriend he had met online.

Zhang fell for the woman after meeting her in person weeks after chatting online. He had never been in a romantic relationship before meeting the woman. Zhang could hardly resist the woman’s kindness and the two soon became romantically involved.

The woman persuaded Zhang to apply for several credit cards with various banks as she told Zhang that different banks would give discounts on certain categories of consumption.

Zhang gave all his credit cards to the woman to please her when she asked to break up with him and he lost contact with her after she spent more than 100,000 yuan with Zhang’s credit cards.

In another case, the victim has been swindled out of more than 300,000 yuan by a woman he met online.

All of the three victims were single men who desired to find true love and blindly trusted women they met online.

(Zhang Qian)

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