Berea woman loses $50,000 in online dating scheme

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BEREA, Ohio — A Shelley Parkway woman told police March 31 that she had been defrauded of $50,000 in a website dating scheme.

About a year ago, the woman began corresponding with a man on the dating site, then on the messaging app WhatsApp. The man told the woman he needed money to help pay for a trip to Dubai. He later said he needed more money to pay off dangerous people with whom he had somehow become involved.

The woman sent money directly to the man’s bank account. She also bought gift cards and gave him the card numbers.

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