Douglass married her teenage sweetheart, Mel Douglass, who went on to become a vice president at Alcoa. The couple was in love and financially secure.
But their love story ended when he died in a plane crash. Douglass was later remarried to a man she met online, but says he cheated on her while she was in the hospital receiving a liver transplant. They were divorced four years ago, at which time she moved into a new house in Hampton, with no intention "Dutch dating scams" date.
But that all changed when she received a message out of the blue from a man calling himself Keith Bartel. Woman warns others about online dating Video: In search of the mystery Dutch dating scams stealing hearts, money.
Bartel said he was Dutch but living in Tiburon, California. He said he worked for a gold mining company. He promised to buy Douglass a new mansion in Hampton, a red Range Rover, and a large diamond ring. But more than anything he promised to buy, Douglass loved the companionship and the thought of a handsome, younger man being so kind to her and talking with her every day.
Douglass' kids called the mining company and asked if a Keith Bartel worked there and they said "yes. Douglass was apprehensive about sending him money via Western Union but did so against her better judgment, believing his story that the mining company needed to buy new equipment.
Bartel said he was desperate to finish the project and then move to Hampton Dutch dating scams he could be with Douglass and marry her immediately.
She says tellers at Rite Aid asked her if she was sure she wanted to do this, and with the charming Bartel on her mind, she confidently said "yes" to the ladies.
There was a small disclaimer on the bottom of the Western Union slip warning to not send money to strangers in other countries. Douglass now describes a small apprehension when she saw that warning, but she went forward with the transfers anyway. Bartel explained Dutch dating scams he was in the United Kingdom on business and needed the money sent to the mining company headquarters in South Africa.
She threw away much of the correspondence and receipts after the relationship came crashing down. She walked in brimming with confidence, thinking her lover was finally paying her Dutch dating scams and making good on his promises. You, are being scammed," says Bartel, recounting the experience.
Douglass agreed to share her story with Pittsburgh's Action News 4 in the hopes of warning other women and possibly even men. She left the bank and called Bartel and told him it was all a scam and that Dutch dating scams would never talk to him again. Douglass says she is embarrassed and calls herself "stupid" for failing to realize what was happening. Douglass did not file a police report.
She was too embarrassed and didn't think it would go anywhere anyway. Producer Mary Davies took one of Bartel's photos from Facebook and went to Google to do a "reverse image search". She uploaded the photo and clicked "search. Next, Davies reverse image searched another of Bartel's Facebook photos that included a mountain. Davies then typed "New Zealand politician" into a Google search bar and up Dutch dating scams a photo matching Keith Bartel.
Clicking on that photo brought Davies to a page where the man was listed as "Nathan Guy," a member of Parliament in New Zealand.
So that means someone in South Africa was using a real mining worker's real name and using a real New Zealand Dutch dating scams real photos to fake love with a woman in suburban Pennsylvania.
However we are very disappointed that someone has used his photos to create a fake profile. We have reported Dutch dating scams to Facebook and hope they will remove this profile as soon as possible. Sadly this kind of scam is becoming more common," wrote Phil Rennie. Douglass said the worst part is not the money or the embarrassment, but the fact that she placed her trust in this person and was tricked.