South Florida Man Loses Thousands In Online Dating Scam

Vern Lewis is looking for love. His desire to find a connection led him to sign up at a popular dating website.

The woman, who said her name was Abi, told Lewis she was living in Ghana. The two started communicating, Lewis says, sending text messages and even having live video conversations. Each interaction caused the relationship to grow deeper. Then a few months in, Abi started asking for money.

The requests for money kept coming and soon the retired law enforcement officer had sent thousands of dollars to the woman he says he loved. Immigration attorney Mayra Joli heard about this case and decided she wanted to help.

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Source: NBC 6 Responds, NBC 6 Miami

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