16 Jan '14, 10pm

A woman was scammed out of $500,000 by a Nigerian con artist she met on Christian Mingle.

A woman was scammed out of $500,000 by a Nigerian con artist she met on Christian Mingle.

In case you needed a reminder not to give money to someone you met on an online dating site, here's one: Last year, a woman was scammed out of more than $500,000 by a Nigerian scam artist that she met on ChristianMingle.com. According to the San Francisco Chronicle , the con artist, posing as a British citizen working on a Scottish oil rig, persistently pursued the 66-year-old victim, repeatedly calling her at her San Jose, California home, and sending her texts and flowers. Eventually, he asked her for a loan for a non-existent business, even going so far as to make a fake website. The woman, whose name was not released, agreed and gave him money from her retirement account, including one lump sum of $200,000 which she wired to a Turkish bank account last year. Shortly after that payment, she became concerned that she'd be scammed and alerted prosecutors in Santa Clara Co...

Full article: http://gawker.com/woman-gives-500-000-to-nigerian-scammer...

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