(He was flying on Lufthansa from Kuwait to Germany to Baltimore.) He’d floated to Dede the idea of staying with her, but that wasn’t something she could agree to. “He e-mailed me for five months before he asked for anything,” Dede said.
Well, give me your address, Mark said, so I can find a hotel near you. She assumes he was stringing along multiple women, each at a different part of the seduction. He had to have gotten money from women before.” Dede is glad he didn’t get anything from her — and she even got 18 roses and a box of chocolates. “It makes me feel good.” Dede thinks online dating services should do more to screen out scammers, but she ignored many of the warnings that has on its site, including to be suspicious of anyone who asks to chat on an outside e-mail or messaging service, and to not share personal information such as phone numbers and addresses.
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Sometimes, the visitor’s beverages will be spiked with drugs to impair vision and/or judgment.
He sent her photos, too: casual shots in jeans and T-shirt as well as pictures of himself in uniform at military events.
In January, Mark wrote Dede that he was coming home and even sent a PDF file detailing his itinerary.
The same scam is used by rug salesman in many countries.
Airport/”Bag Watching” Scam: A friendly stranger asks someone to watch his/her bag or purse.