(WNDU) An Indiana woman is out almost $150,000 after falling for what she calls an online dating scam.
The woman wishes to remain anonymous, as the investigation into her case is ongoing. In February, she turned to an online dating website to find a companion. A connection was made immediately, and she confided in a man who called himself John Hagen.
He was depicted online as an attractive, successful engineer. The two began communicating by phone, including calls and text messages. Unfortunately, in just a matter of weeks, getting to know each other turned into desperation. He wanted money, and it was disguised as “love.”
“It got pretty intense fairly quickly. ‘I love you, I want to be with you for the rest of my life.’ Lots of passion and lots of attention. Just really making me feel special,” she says about her online romance.