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Bloomfield Township man loses thousands through scam on dating website

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Posted at 6:25 AM, Feb 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-04 06:50:19-05

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WXYZ) — A Bloomfield Township man lost tens of thousands of dollars through a scam on a dating website.

The man was registered on the site Zoosk. He says he sent more than $56,000 to several people over the past several months.

Police say several women told him they needed help claiming an inheritance or trying to leave an abusive boyfriend. They'd claim to need money for overseas travel expenses, hospital stays and car repairs.

The victim finally realized what was happening when someone asked him for $7,000 in Apple gift cards.

Bloomfield Township police say the case is under investigation.

Police reminded the public that these scams are popular on dating sites, especially those catering to seniors.