By the time he was arrested last July, he told police: “I cheated Ah Shan’s money – there are only hundreds of thousands left.” He pleaded not guilty to five counts of fraud before Judge Johnny Chan Jong-herng.
Prosecutors claimed that soon after Chu started dating the younger sister, Sin Lai-shan, he tricked her into thinking he needed money to repay company loans and talked Sin and her sister into making “investments”.
By Olev Edur here was a time when you met someone you liked at work or school, the attraction was mutual, you went out together a few times, and the rest was history. In the fast-paced, compartmentalized, technology-driven 21st century, online dating sites have become more and more popular. Phil recently stated on his website that there are “more than 40 million men and women online looking for love,” while Oprah’s website offers statistics from claiming that 20,000 users register on its website every day and from e Harmony claiming that it has 20 million registered users.
Recently, several women from Basingstoke in Hampshire were conned by a man claiming to be from the area.
Meanwhile, separate figures from the Office for National Statistics show that online dating fraud was up 27% to 229,000 cases over the year to July 2013, meaning you could end up losing a lot more than just the hefty monthly membership fee.
Initially, fraudsters will gain the trust of their online victims.
So how do these online dating sites work, and is there anything good for retirees who are looking to reconnect?
Basically, online dating services amount to two-way want ads for partners, and many sites cater specifically to retirees, although the larger companies have plenty of members in the upper age brackets.