Duped Dater Sues OkCupid After Losing $70K
He sent money via wire transfers to con man
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 18, 2014 4:52 PM CDT

(Newser) – An online dater who thought it was a good idea to shell out more than $70,000 to a suitor he had never met in person is now suing OkCupid over the scam, reports the Daily News. Queens resident Michael Picciano, 65, says the site should do a better job of vetting its customers. In all, Picciano sent four wire transfers totaling $70,460 to a man calling himself Bruce Thompson after Thompson said he needed the cash to get his business going. It finally dawned on Picciano that he was being conned, and a friend soon found Thompson's name at malescammers.com.

The lawsuit, in which Picciano hopes to get his money back, accuses the website and parent IAC.com of failing to conduct “even minimal screening of its subscribers and therefore deceptively creating the impression that their dating service was safe," reports the New York Post. Picciano says he and Thompson struck up a relationship on the site for 10 days, then moved on to personal emails, phone calls, and Skype calls. Police have been unable to track Thompson down. (Click to read about a mathematician who had much better luck on OkCupid, thanks to a computer program.)

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Texas1
Mar 20, 2014 9:24 AM CDT
Maybe he should be suing himself for being such a dumb ass
LauraLulu72
Mar 19, 2014 11:07 PM CDT
I would like to see how this plays out in court. Now when people get scammed due to their stupidity it is everyone else's fault but your own. I don't normally wish this but I would like to see OkCupid take this man on. If he thought he only lost $70,000 due to his stupidity he has forgotten about lawyers, court fees, filing fees....Then if it is unfounded and that this is baseless then he can pay for OkCupid's lawyer fees. They should give him a permanent account with a warning. :-)
ballen1133
Mar 19, 2014 7:36 PM CDT
Pretty hard to win a lawsuit condoning your own stupidity.