A 48-year-old man from Naperville, Illinois remains “in disbelief” after police told him that the object of his two-and-a-half-year relationship didn’t exist.
If that sounds odd, it’s because it is. In this case, the middle-aged suitor had believed that he was in an online relationship with a girlfriend—of indeterminate age—for the better part of two and a half years. It’s implied that the two had allegedly never met at any point during the affair.
Soon enough, though, love turned to money. Around $200,000, that is, which is the approximate amount of cash that said man had wired to his cyber-girlfriend over the course of their quote-unquote time together. As well, apparently the fact that he was wiring money to a number of different bank accounts—including Nigeria, Malaysia, England and the United States, reports the Chicago Sun-Times—didn’t tip him off that something other than romance was amiss.
Perhaps she was an international traveller?
At least, it would give a little more credence behind the relationship’s dramatic ending. The man called Naperville police this past Wednesday to ask for their assistance in locating the woman, as he believed she had been kidnapped in London. There aren’t any details as to how or why the kidnapping theory came up, but it was the final piece that allowed police to put together the puzzle of where this guy’s cash had been going all this time.
Well, sort-of. For while said “girlfriend” was never found or identified, police were able to do a little research on an identification card provided by the boyfriend to show proof that his lady-friend did indeed exist. The card, merely a sample Florida driver’s license, broke the relationship open for what it really was: A complete and total scam.
For never there was a story of more woe…