She admits she was naive and believed other people on Christian Mingle would be honest and kind.
Opening up dating dialogue with elderly parents Psychologists say it’s important for adult children to have conversations with their elderly parents about online dating.“About 15 to 20 per cent of single seniors are online dating” says Dr.
Patrick Myers, a registered psychologist with the B. Psychological Association.“It is a very large number of people and that’s where it’s a good idea to help mom or dad.
A lot of seniors are not quite as Internet savvy as some of the younger people are.”Myers says online dating can be beneficial as long as people go into it with their eyes open.
WATCH: More seniors are finding love online, but one North Vancouver woman fell both in love and victim to a scam.
Now she's going public with her story in hopes no one else experiences her pain. Several years after the death of her husband, Barbara was ready to find love again.
At the age of 76 she decided to leap into the online dating world in search of a soul mate.She connected with one online user who stole her heart–and her money.Barbara, who wished to have her last name remain anonymous, met the man she developed deep feelings for on Christian Mingle, a popular faith-based dating website. He had a daughter who was killed in a motor vehicle accident in her mid-twenties and he had a 10-year-old granddaughter who he was supporting.”From the very start, David showcased his interest in Barbara by sending her text messages and having flowers delivered to her home. WATCH BELOW: Extended interview: Risks of online dating for seniors David claimed he needed the money for equipment to fund his oil business.The man, who went by the name “David Winters,” claimed to be a German engineer working on an oil rig project in the Gulf of Mexico.“He told me that he was a widower,” says Barbara. They spoke over the phone and exchanged about 100 romantic emails a day. That’s when the scammer made his move and started asking for money. He promised to pay her back and said he was planning to come to Vancouver so they could start a future together.He even sent her a link to his bank account, stating that .5 million would be available to him once the project was complete.However, once she transferred the money, David’s plans suddenly changed.