Miami Woman Conned Out Of $270K By Online "Lover"

posted by Jessi Minneci - 

A Miami woman said she lost hundreds of thousands of dollars after being "played" by a lover that she met through match.com.

Diane Standish said the man she fell in love with claimed to be a divorced German CEO, working on a California construction project.

But his phone calls, from several different numbers, always focused on a need for money, according to Standish.

It turns out Standish had been cat-fished.

"I went through my bank statements, and it was $270,000 dollars," Standish said, according to a report by Local 10 News.

The con man used photos of Flamur Gashi, a former Albanian ambassador, to create a fake profile.

"I never thought I could fall in love with somebody over the telephone but for some reason he just said the right things to me," Standish said.

A paper trail of bank records led police to an email in South Africa, but there the trail goes cold.

"He could be anyone, anywhere, I have no clue," Standish said.

The website Scamalytics keeps a blacklist of con artists who use false pictures and the website "romance scams" compiles lists of email addresses used by swindlers.

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