Man Sues OKCupid After He's Swindled Out Of $70,000 By Online Boyfriend
It appears cupid's arrow hit the wrong target this time. OKCupid that is.
Michael Picciano, 65, is suing match-making site OKCupid, after he was swindled out of $70,000 by his internet lover that he met on the site in February 2013.
Sadly, after a few mere months of correspondence via the site, Skype, the phone, and email Picciano agreed to financially assist his new online love Bruce Thompson (screenname: "genuineguy62").
From the New York Post:
Picciano says he “felt comfortable” with his new beau and readily agreed to wire Thompson $24,000 “for unexpected fees he incurred in his dealings setting up a new computer-parts business” — even though the instructions required Picciano to send the money to a “Dennis E. Racer” in Addison, Texas, and an “Edmond Thebeau” in Canada.
Then in April, Picciano sent yet another payment of $46,420 at Thompson’s request to “MacBenson and Associates” in the UK through his Capital One bank account, the suit says.
That same month, Picciano got wise to the ruse.
Since going to the police Picciano has received a forged check and a loan note from Thompson, with no fingerprints. It's also been revealed that Thompson's personal email address and his Ohio-based phone number were used to perpetrate other frauds.
Picciano is now suing OKCupid and its parent company IAC for failing to conduct “even minimal screening of its subscribers and therefore deceptively creating the impression that their dating service was safe . . . when in fact . . . [it] was a trap for the unwary,” according to his civil suit.
What do you think, Instincters? Sadly, Picciano was duped by someone willing to take advantage of his generous spirit, but is OKCupid in any way to blame??