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O'Brien said that when he never showed up, the woman realized she had been scammed and contacted police.

Nanaimo RCMP say the woman met a man calling himself Jonathan Lucron in late 2016 on Match.com, an online dating site, while looking for companionship in the wake of her husband's death. Gary O'Brien said the man claimed to be a civil engineer working in China and started telling the woman he needed money for various reasons.

"She didn't hesitate, because she thought she had found someone to share her last years with," O'Brien said.

O'Brien said scams like this are common and scammers frequently target older single women, who tend to be less experienced with computers and the internet.

"If you do a simple Google search and you punch in 'dating scam', the civil engineer scam will come up hundreds of times," O'Brien said.