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Trapped in a Romance Scam

Trapped in a Romance Scam

Update: 2021-06-024
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Last spring, Michael McAllister’s inbox started filling up with messages from heartbroken women. “I thought you were the man,” one wrote. “Embarrassing, but I kinda became obsessed with ‘you,’” another said. Michael discovered that his photos were being used to catfish women on dating apps — from Germany to Brazil to Chicago. 

Today’s story explores a global dating scam (that’s still going on, by the way) and the pandemic-fueled loneliness of digital life. Also, we hear from two women who were duped by Michael’s impostor. One of them shares a trick for determining whether or not a dating prospect is real. Click here for more info on the episode. 

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  • “How I Got Caught Up in a Global Romance Scam" by Michael McAllister 
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Trapped in a Romance Scam

Trapped in a Romance Scam

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