Sweet Old Lady Scammed On Dating Website

CATHERINE SHORT, FROM FLORIDA, FELL IN LOVE WITH A MAN THAT SHE MET ON CHRISTIANMINGLECOM

UNFORTUNATELY, SHE NEVER MET THE MAN IN PERSON, AND HE ALSO SCAMMED HER OUT OF $185,000 SHE IS SEVENTY-ONE YEARS OLD, AND AGAIN SHE MET HIM ON CHRISTIANMINGLECOM HE KEPT ASKING FOR PRICEY GADGETS, AND SHE KEPT BUYING THEM FOR HIM SHE WAS WARNED BY HER SON, BUT SHE DID NOT BUY IT

FINALLY, SHE SOLD HER HOME TO GET HER HANDS ON THE $185,000, TO GIVE IT TO THE SCAMMER NOW HER STORY IS BEING USED AS A CAMPAIGN TO RAISE AWARENESS ABOUT FRAUD ONLINE, SPECIFICALLY IN FLORIDA I FEEL SO BAD FOR HER, SHE SAYS, "I'M A TRUSTING PERSON AND IT TAKES A LOT FOR ME TO SEE THAT SOMEONE COULD HURT SOMEBODY AT MY AGE" THE GUY SAID TO HER THAT HE WOULD BUY HER A GOLD RING WITH HER NAME SPELLED OUT IN DIAMONDS, THAT HE WAS IN LOVE WITH HER HER FAMILY WAS LIKE, HE IS SCAMMING YOU

SHE WAS LIKE, YOU DON'T WANT ME TO BE HAPPY? I'M PARAPHRASING A LITTLE BIT HE SAID IN THE BEGINNING, I NEED TO SEND THIS TECH STUFF, GADGETS, I'M GONNA SEND IT TO UNDERPRIVILEGED KIDS DONíT LET YOUR FAMILY STOP ME FROM HELPING THE UNDERPRIVILEGED KIDS THEN HE HAD TO PAY A HOSPITAL BILL IN PANAMA THEY DONíT JUST GO TO THAT RIGHT AWAY, THEY WORK IT IN

YOU BUILD THIS RELATIONSHIP OF TRUST THESE SCAMMERS, THE FIRST THING THEY DO IS, YOU TRUST ME, DON'T YOU? YOU KNOW WHAT I AM SAYING? AND SORRY FOR MAKING THIS WEIRDLY POLITICAL, BUT TED CRUZ SAYS SIMILAR THINGS YOU TRUST ME RIGHT? I'M NOT SAYING ANYTHING BAD, COME ON A LITTLE FURTHER AND THEN FINALLY, AFTER HE'S GOT HER COMPLETELY ON THE HOOK HE SAYS, OKAY SELL YOUR HOUSE AND GIVE ME THE $185,000 NOW SHE IS OUT ON THE STREET AND IS TRYING TO FIND A JOB

MY HEART HURTS FOR HER I REMEMBER THAT CROWDFUNDING PAGE THAT WAS SET UP FOR THE PIZZA PLACE THAT WANTED TO DISCRIMINATE AGAINST GAY PEOPLE FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, LET'S HELP CATHERINE SHORT YOU CAN SAY THAT IT'S HER FAULT, SHE DIDN'T LISTEN TO HER FAMILY, BUT YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHAT THAT NEED FOR COMPANIONSHIP IS WITH SOMEBODY IT BECOMES MORE DIFFICULT AT THAT AGE, AND I THINK IT'S ONE OF MY BIGGEST FEARS

ENDING UP ELDERLY AND ALONE, AND LOOKING FOR COMPANIONSHIP AND NOT BEING ABLE TO FIND IT TO GET SCAMMED LIKE THIS, WHAT A PERSON AND OF COURSE THEY THINK, I'M GONNA LOOK FOR SUCKERS, WHERE SHOULD I GO? ANYONE WHO'S ON ANY DATING SITE COULD BE A VICTIM OF SOMETHING LIKE THIS ITíS NOT TO SAY THAT THEY ARE CHRISTIAN AND THEYíRE MORE GULLIBLE, IT IS PEOPLE LOOKING FOR LOVE AND ESPECIALLY WHEN THEY ARE AT THEIR MOST VULNERABLE, AS ANA POINTS OUT, AS THEY GET ON IN THEIR YEARS

THEY'RE LOOKING FOR COMPANIONSHIP, AND SOMEBODY SAYS THAT IS THE TIME TO TAKE ADVANTAGE REALLY, AMONG THE WORST PEOPLE ON EARTH UNFORTUNATELY THE MONEY IS GONE AUTHORITIES TRIED TO FIND IT, IN THE WIND ALREADY GONE

LAST THING THAT IS TERRIBLE ABOUT THIS, OTHER THAN THE DAMAGE IT DOES TO HER AND PEOPLE LIKE HER, IS THAT IT MAKES US ALL QUESTION EACH OTHER SO WHEN YOU ARE ON A DATING WEBSITE, NOW YOU WILL HAVE TO WONDER, IS IT REAL OR ARE THEY PLAYING ME? THAT SKEPTICISM AND LACK OF TRUST, IT BREAKS THE BONDS OF HUMANITY IT DOES MORE DAMAGE THAN JUST THE PEOPLE THAT IT EFFECTS