Duped dater loses $70k and sues OKCupid
March 19 , 2014
An online dater who lost over $70k to someone he had never met in person is now suing OKCupid. The 65-year-old man from Queens mentioned that the site should vet its customers in a more efficient manner. Michael Picciano transferred a total of $70,460 to a man who said he needed the money to get his business going but eventually realized that he was being scammed once a friend found the customer's name at malescammers.com.
Picciano hopes to get his money back and has accused the website of not being able to conduct "even minimal screening of its subscribers and therefore deceptively creating the impression that their dating service was safe."
Police has not yet been successful at tracking down scammer Bruce Thompson.