Internet dating conmen
One day in early August, driven by a feeling she couldn’t quite pinpoint, Missi took a peek at Richie’s wallet.
At 45, she was three years sober and on the leeward side of a stormy divorce.
He could be a little awkward, but Missi chalked that up to his inexperience—he told her he hadn’t been with a woman in eight years. Richie had a taste for nice things—expensive restaurants, four-star hotels—and he always insisted on paying.
He kept a motorboat docked at a nearby marina, and he’d take Missi and her daughters out for afternoons on the water. Richie mentioned that his cousin Vicki worked for the same airline as Missi. “One day we’ll show up together to some family event and surprise her; it’ll be great.”A few months into their relationship, she missed a shift at work and got fired. He told her that he’d take care of her bills for the next four months, that she should relax and take stock of her life and spend time with the kids.
Missi felt ready for a serious relationship again, so she made a profile on Our Time.com, a dating site for people in middle age.
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