A New York man who was scammed out of over $70 million from a user on OKCupid is suing the online dating site. He claims it did not properly warn him that something like this could happen.
In February of 2013, a 65-year-old man named Michael Picciano met a man through OKCupid who went by the username “genuineguy62,” according to a complaint filed in New York State Supreme Court on Monday.
“Genuineguy62,” who claimed his real name was “Bruce Thompson” talked with Picciano for about a month before they started talking over the phone. In March, Thompson allegedly asked Picciano to cancel his OKCupid subscription, since “they had found each other.”
Several days after this happened, Thompson asked Picciano to wire him some money for “unexpected fees” he acquired while setting up his computer parts business. The four wire transfers totaled $70,460 and were made from a Capital One bank in Queens, NY to addresses in Ontario, England and Texas.
Several days later, Thompson asked Picciano to wire him money. Thompson said he needed it for “unexpected fees” he incurred while setting up a computer parts business, the documents state. Picciano says he made four wire transfers in steadily increasing amounts to addresses in Texas, Ontario and England. The payments, which Picciano made from a local Capital One bank in Queens, totaled $70,460.
Picciano’s lawsuit alleges OKCupid “failed to exercise reasonable care” in sharing “the dangers associated with online matchmaking.”
Four weeks after he sent off the first payment, a friend found Thompson’s photo on a site called malescammers.com. Picciano gave authorities a forged check Thompson had sent him. Police, unfortunately, were not able to find fingerprints.
Picciano is also suing Capital One for “failure to comply with proper procedures for the transmission of wire funds transfers.” The lawsuit says that none of the wire transfers contained the address of the recipient “as required by law.”