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Woman says she lost more than $1 million in online dating scam

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With Valentine's Day just a day away, the FBI is warning of online dating scams. The bureau received more than 15,000 reports linked to romance scams last year. More than half of the complaints involved losses of money. Tony Dokoupil reports. Subscribe to the "CBS This Morning" Channel HERE: http://bit.ly/1Q0v2hE Watch "CBS This Morning" HERE: http://bit.ly/1T88yAR Watch the latest installment of "Note to Self," only on "CBS This Morning," HERE: http://cbsn.ws/1Sh8XlB Follow "CBS This Morning" on Instagram HERE: http://bit.ly/1Q7NGnY Like "CBS This Morning" on Facebook HERE: http://on.fb.me/1LhtdvI Follow "CBS This Morning" on Twitter HERE: http://bit.ly/1Xj5W3p Follow "CBS This Morning" on Google+ HERE: http://bit.ly/1SIM4I8 Get the latest news and best in original reporting from CBS News delivered to your inbox. Subscribe to newsletters HERE: http://cbsn.ws/1RqHw7T Get your news on the go! Download CBS News mobile apps HERE: http://cbsn.ws/1Xb1WC8 Get new episodes of shows you love across devices the next day, stream local news live, and watch full seasons of CBS fan favorites anytime, anywhere with CBS All Access. Try it free! http://bit.ly/1OQA29B Delivered by Norah O’Donnell and Gayle King, "CBS This Morning" offers a thoughtful, substantive and insightful source of news and information to a daily audience of 3 million viewers. The Emmy Award-winning broadcast presents a mix of daily news, coverage of developing stories of national and global significance, and interviews with leading figures in politics, business and entertainment. Check local listings for "CBS This Morning" broadcast times.
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RufusLeakin (4 days ago)
Those scumbags should be gunned down and it should be viewed on mainstream media for all to see. All loads their mothers should have swallowed!
Go getter Girl (4 days ago)
Wow that money I would retire today . These Africans are clever . You see them in my city walking and buying luxury bags and balling and partying hard
Eyesofthebeholder 33 (7 days ago)
You wanted someone to talk too and it only cost you a million...omg. Mental illness is no joke.
toni Toni (11 days ago)
Don't send money to Africa lots of scammer in there
Brea Murray (20 days ago)
I'm a victim of romance scam,I fell in love two times with a man from Russia who said he was American Army Colonel serving in Russia, we dated for two years and i never met him, I sent $45,000 to him over our dating span till I got fed up, he was always asking for upkeep like the Government was not doing their job, I told my friend about it last week,and she introduced me to Alexander Bjorne on LinkedIn,at first I was not comfortable sharing my weakness but then it was needed, the last money I sent him was a bait by one of Alexander Bjorne's strategy, we got his information and now the authorities are working on his case.
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sly angler (1 month ago)
Clearly, she was in a bad mental situation. It's just plain crazy..
eKevodu (1 month ago)
white people love to lead artificial lives hence we have Facebook and twitter. 3 million fans but no real friend. If her neighbour needed just $5 to feed she probably wouldn't have it but she gave a stranger in Nigeria who flattered her $1 million dollars.
Pia Salvato (1 month ago)
A Fool and his Money are soon parted!!!
funky junky (1 month ago)
You pay for the joy and love his given you...
Marty Callmer (1 month ago)
You have to have a lot of money to send someone a million dollars you've never met. I have a hard time feeling sorry for these people that have been scammed. But I do because obviously something is up in their life that makes them so susceptible.
cutie 82 (1 month ago)
I have been also scammed 😡
cutie 82 (1 month ago)
Ugly Nigerians are criminals and bunch of ugly pimple heads
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Destiny tran (1 month ago)
Jesus, over a million? Without meeting? Was she crazy?
mondblume63 (1 month ago)
So when the Nigerian asked if they could keep it going, she has the gall to ask him if HE’S out of his mind? You’re the nut job woman, not him. Lemme guess she gave away a million dollars that her poor dead HUSBAND earned. Maybe if that was money she sweat and bled for, she wouldn’t be so quick to part with it.
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Parademik (2 months ago)
When the guy said "Truth of the matter is the victims tend to be well educated" the only thought I had was "A well educated person gives an individual let alone an individual they have not met a million dollars in a two year time frame? Yeah okay I believe that. Next you're gonna tell me that a common trait for a desert is that it's damp" god damn idiots.
Clorox Bleach (2 months ago)
She was happily wiring money to what she thought was a white British male then stopped when she saw it was a Nigerian! Racist much
Mitchell Farina (2 months ago)
Aq Zing (2 months ago)
That Nigerian is now a millionaire.
Lawrence Giffin (2 months ago)
I got scam out of money I owe 3 bank money and I have no idea how to pay it all back
Linda Benjamin (2 months ago)
Made that african rich
neetrab (2 months ago)
Saw an American Greed episode about this very thing. A black guy scams 13 white women in online dating... stole over a million... 15 years in prison. A corporate white guy scams literally HUNDREDS of people out of their savings.. stealing over 100 million.... gets 18 months to 5 years, max. Hmmmmm.....
sipo70 (2 months ago)
I don't care who you call or "report it to", nobody is going to help you.
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stunninglad1 (2 months ago)
Yep, she is definitely the dumbest person ever. Goodbye $1,000,000.
raye coone (2 months ago)
Stupid woman. i have no sympthy for her. She should be punched in the face
Wojtek W (2 months ago)
1mln??..oh well....If she was so stupid she deserve it!
joe mctaggart (2 months ago)
Why send money grrrr
Mark Jackson (3 months ago)
Well the system is setup, against men in favor of women's so who cares, more Chick's should get scammed.
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I feel sorry for her new husband.
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All Will Be Well (2 months ago)
Nikki Moore (3 months ago)
Trying to be greedy you already had a million u wanted more
Elvira Gonzalez (3 months ago)
She should be using common sense you're the only one who went directly to this mess. Nobody can fell for this criminals but stupidity is the price to pay for bad choices!!! Learn and live !!!
black berry (3 months ago)
Eugene Dagami (3 months ago)
don't look for love. Coz love will looking for u 😘😘😘😘🇵🇭🇵🇭🇵🇭
bita edvard (3 months ago)
It's sad as we get older it gets harder to find love ...specially women....
Little Racoons (4 months ago)
Don't use Paranormal Date either. They do not remove your profile after you close your account. They use your abandoned profile to send winks to people and keep them interested in the site.
Stephen Gutman (4 months ago)
Gave over a million to someone she never met! I would just like to say: "Dumb as a Brick"
jinae di nisci (4 months ago)
No sympathy for this stupid bint!
Tenisha Stephenson (4 months ago)
Can we keep this going? Lol. I don't understand how the so calked victim doesn't pick up on the accent
RedMeat (4 months ago)
@2:02 The victims tend be well educated -- code for white people with emotional problems -- that can't do something as simple as get a date the old fashioned way.
Robin Nelson (4 months ago)
where do all these stupid people get "millions"?
sidharth chand (4 months ago)
She could’ve went to Jamaica and had all sorts of resort boys service her and a friend for a fraction of the price
Jolaade Adebayo (4 months ago)
Hoodoo/ Voodoo in action
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Nora Morin (5 days ago)
I am going to email them
Dario Wirtha (4 months ago)
Only 1 million dollars she lost?
boiledliddo (4 months ago)
common sense is not so common after all
eviken1982 (4 months ago)
Imagine you what a Nigerian can do with a million dollar, how much money is that in Nigeria. He must be rich now.
Ramdom Data (4 months ago)
This guy is a legend he should be writing movie scripts , just look at this journalists at 3:40 they got no idea how he manage to convince her to wire that money
Meg Hamer (4 months ago)
Meg Hamer (4 months ago)
If she wanted to talk she could have rang her mates or the samaritans
Meg Hamer (4 months ago)
Women will do anything for 6 inch of meat.
Cricket (7 days ago)
Blob Monster (4 months ago)
People, if you are that lonely then get a dog. Spend money on the dog, not an internet boy/girlfriend. He strung her along for 2 years. Posed as some white dude in the UK. Why not just fly over and see him after a few months? You would see if he is real or not. A plane ticket and hotel room is a lot cheaper than a million dollars. Geesh.
ccboo2 (4 months ago)
Any guy who is so attentive as to message several times a day would be my worst nightmare. I don’t hang on a phone or text like that. I was nvr given the sweet nothings in my ear & now I find that sort of thing laughable.
Russell Enos (4 months ago)
Sorry ... don’t feel sorry for her ! Obviously she had no financial problems!!! Well educated person , I don’t see how she can be so educated and fallen for such a scam !
xXxBuTtErFlYkIsSeSxXx x (4 months ago)
And they r still at it hopefully people should know better by now.
Don Roger (4 months ago)
Why this scammer didn't catch ?not easy to trace who received the money ?
Alexis Vince (4 months ago)
Well Nigerians are gonna keep raping Americans of their money because they stole from them. 😔
TheLaydewlf (3 months ago)
hundreds of years ago. in this century, anyone is free to go anywhere they like.
Jahed Miah (5 months ago)
She gave away a million dollars?! And there's me counting all my cents.
Bella Wright (11 days ago)
I wonder if the guy she married was loaded....just saying.
Roger (2 months ago)
I can give you more than cents
TheLaydewlf (3 months ago)
i was thinking how calm she seemed about it. if i ever came across such money and lost it to a scammer, i'd be hysterical.
Blue Lady (3 months ago)
Jahed Miah 😂😂😂 me too!!! I will never get scammed!!!
Sara Romero (3 months ago)
Where do these people come up with this kind of money? They send 200, 300, 500,000 dollars sometimes; this woman sent a million. Where on Earth did they get that kind of cash?!
Jose Sanchez (3 months ago)
TheLaydewlf Are you serious? You would think they would be intelligent enough to know better, and why couldn’t these people with high incomes be able to attract someone in the line of work that they do, with all that money that they make?
TheLaydewlf (3 months ago)
its often very well educated and established individuals who get caught in the scam. drs, attorneys, ceos, et.
Jose Sanchez (5 months ago)
Sara Romero I knew a woman who married a preacher. They sure had a lot of money, But their house was only worth about 10,000 dollars 40 years ago.
Gerrod Richardson (5 months ago)
I don't feel sorry for any of these people red flags are there and they choose to bypass them foolish so much for old and wiser
Jim Elliott (5 months ago)
Suckers list?? She ought to walk the streets with a sandwich board sign saying "Caution: Half-Wit Do Not Approach." I love it - can we CONTINUE the relationship? LOL yeah, honey, he KNOWS the customer he's dealing with, it was a perfectly appropriate question to ask - I'm surprised she didn't say well... okay but only until the Astronaut/ Brain Surgeon/ Movie Star/ French Philanthropist that I'm seeing on the side shows up in person.
Ramdom Data (4 months ago)
His face lol
Miss Tonya c007 (5 months ago)
alicia nolan (5 months ago)
It's brainwashing. Get your finances and sex wrapped up in something and you're vulnerable. Your financial resources and sexuality is the deepest part of you and once that gets tapped into you can get controlled. Congtivive dissonance takes over knowing that you've let someone into those parts of you and mess around and you can not face it. Terrible manipulation.
Bella Bijou (5 months ago)
I don’t have $100 much less a million.
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Rowan Bullock (5 months ago)
Boomers are the new incel emos
Jose Sanchez (5 months ago)
Rowan Bullock You’ll get old too, and you needed the boomers to exist yourself.
north shore (5 months ago)
I could never fall for this !!! I wouldn't give money to a guy down the street let alone across the ocean..
Miss Tonya c007 (5 months ago)
I know right? But it's because you have common sense. I've watched a lot of Dr Phil episodes and I've noticed a pattern, most of these women falling for this fakery are shopaholics and have a history of shelling out money two family members so that they will come around and give them some company. I guess they feel family members got tired of being around them after they were widowed or divorced so this was an excellent alternative. No one setting out to formally date someone online quickly Falls for the money grab in such a short amount of time usually. Because if you have a specific goal of dating online and being swept off your feet by a man, it would be a turn-off when he asked for money. These women are lying pretending that they set out to date the man but it was really them being tapped on the shoulder by someone giving them compliments and attention and they fell for that crap and trying to spin it into a scenario where they supposedly were dating. This is why the women don't ask any in-depth questions whatsoever and pick up on any red flags is because they're getting their pay off already, they already satisfied they just become disenchanted when the man's attention and affection dries up in it shifts to only calling to see if they have wired the money and the conversations get mad short. I've watched a lot of Dr Phil episodes and I was just curious about the psychology of the people but I saw a pattern and picked up on the women slipping up and admitting that they have a problem outside of getting scammed online! Then it started to click for me and make sense Why these women got duped for so long and for so much.
Mike S. (5 months ago)
Ultimate Finesse
Myriii1911 Мириам (6 months ago)
I feel so sad for Debbie
Yllawish (6 months ago)
one million...are you out of your mind???
Shaker 74 (6 months ago)
Ha, ha, ha, omg! You are so stupid! And u should know better! Geez! Well maybe u will learn from this. Do your research first ! Scammers are everywhere ! Stay up to date with the news! Cripes!
Ed Brown (6 months ago)
How stupid could this gal be? A child knows that can tell more about somebody from five minutes of sitting and talking with them in person than you could from a lifetime of back-and-forth on the internet. If she would have simply spent a couple of grand on a trip to England to meet Mr. Yobungo she would have quickly discovered the scam. Instead she sent him a million dollars and made him a very rich man in Nigeria. I guess she should be happy that she is supporting Yobungo's family in style with her savings. I did enjoy the smile on his face when he came clean. He must be still laughing about his crazy rich sugar momma in the USA.
Miss Tonya c007 (5 months ago)
😄😄😅😅🤣😂😁😂😁😂😂😁😂😁🤣🤣 I can't, I simply can't stop laughing!
sidharth chand (6 months ago)
What a water head
Michelle P (6 months ago)
Most of these people spend more money on someone they have never met than on all the people they ever dated put together. Maybe invest on your real relationships 😁
simply nice (6 months ago)
Ive been scam too long time ago for $2000
Mike Lawrence (6 months ago)
These scammers is just keep going on and on I don’t think it’s ever going to stop anytime soon this sucks
Cathy T (6 months ago)
Call me if ur so desperate for conversation,i wont charge a million $😏💰
Jose Sanchez (5 months ago)
Cathy T What about a penny less than that?
triana utami (6 months ago)
Yes. You are lonely. Desperate lonely. Sssshhhhh
gavino consuelo (6 months ago)
Only stupid peole get scam..
chuckyko (6 months ago)
$1,000,000? Man, you've got to be the dumbest woman on Earth. I love how all these idiots send all this cash to men they've never even met. This bozo didn't even know the guy's race.
John Dark (6 months ago)
Omg I'm going to try this
Beltzer0072 (9 days ago)
Two year relationship? HA! More like a two year investment. And now thanks to that investment, someone's a million dollars richer.
trace d (6 months ago)
they must have more money than sense
raymund laww (6 months ago)
nigeria and ghana..are monster monkey people..america should nuke that country
Regina Polo (6 months ago)
When I just want to talk to somebody I reach out to my friends or just the gossips at work
Regina Polo (5 months ago)
I dont know but she is a way better person than me, but when a man asks me for money, my light kind of fade real fast..
Regina Polo (5 months ago)
What i meant was that i rather talk to the gossip at work or in town than to talk to complete stranger in the web
Jose Sanchez (5 months ago)
Regina Polo Those are the wrong people.....the gossips.
Cindy Do (6 months ago)
Desperation calls for desperate measures.
Harmony Sue (6 months ago)
U know I really wanna be sympathetic I do but you NEVER send someone you don’t know money ever! Someone who cares about you and wants to date u is not going to ask u for money and if they do u probably don’t want to date someone like that
Mike igotravel (6 months ago)
The white lady wasn't interested in the black man. What if he had been white?
Tony TehTowel (6 months ago)
So much easy money to be made off of desperate people it almost makes you wanna do it to people yourself lmfao
Jose Sanchez (5 months ago)
Tony TehTowel Oh my. You have some problems.

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