A New York City man has filed a lawsuit against OkCupid’s parent company IAC after a guy he met on the online dating site scammed him out of $70,000. Michael Z. Picciano insists in his lawsuit that OkCupid, which is a free site, doesn’t properly screen its subscribers and that they are creating a false image of a safe place to meet people.
Picciano, who is 65, met “genuineguy62″ (oh, the irony), whose said his real name was Bruce Thompson, about a year ago. Picciano said he trusted Thompson and felt safe with him. They hit it off, and chatted on the phone and on Skype.
Things got sketchy when Thompson explained that he was facing “unexpected fees he incurred in his dealings setting up a new computer parts business.” Cool story bro. Picciano was fooled, however, and wired Thompson $24,000. Thompson instructed him to send them to two different names located in Texas and Canada, but Picciano must have been to caught up in his feelings to take note of that glaring red flag. Continue reading
Pro-tip: If you are spending hundreds or thousands of dollars to purchase something from a stranger, it’s wise to check and make sure you’re actually getting what you’ve bought. Case in point, a naive 21-year-old woman living in the suburbs of Brisbane, Australia, who searched around on a Craigslist-y site called Gumtree for a new iPhone. A fellow Gumtree-er got back to her and said that she actually had two Apple (crucial fact) iPhones she was willing to part with for $1,200 Australian bucks. The two met at a local McDonald’s and exchanged cash for the phones. Only …
It’s every dude’s worst nightmare: that a drop-dead gorgeous Guess jeans modelyou’re talking to online turns out to be … a dude. Such is the sad tale of Marc Puelo from Austin, Texas, who joined SeekingMillionaire.com looking for love. But 24-year-old Justin Brown was on the millionaire online “dating” web site, too, posing as sexy-as-all-hell model Bree Condon, fixin’ to swindle a wannabe sugar daddy. Continue reading