They spent several weeks sharing phone calls, text messages and email chats, but never actually met face-to-face.The woman – whom WNDU is calling “Tonya” for purposes of the story – said “It got pretty intense fairly quickly. Later, when she puzzled over their relationship, she'd remember this. That had been a fateful move; it made everything easier for him. After the funeral, a grief counselor told her to make no sudden changes in her life for at least a year, and she followed that advice. Two sharp blows that had left her alone in her late 50s. His cancer took him swiftly, before she had time to process what was happening.
As CBS 2’s Tracee Carrasco reported, the 59-year-old woman is now warning others who look for love online. During a six-month online relationship in 2012, the two-time cancer survivor said a man who called himself Maxwell Yas conned her out of ,000.
It was one catastrophe after the next and his excuses were excessive.
He lost his tools and needed money to rent them, he needed funds to pay his staff and enough to pay hospital bills after he supposedly had a stroke."It's almost like you know something is coming, but you're in so, so far. The two arranged to meet at the South Bend airport twice. Four months and thousands of dollars later, Tonya had had enough and told John she couldn't give him any more money."I had sent this man a total of almost 0,000 by this time."Unfortunately, stories like “Tonya's” are not rare at all.
“No matter what they say; no matter what kind of tale they tell you, you really have to be brave and say no,” she said.
The FBI has launched an investigation into the case, along with the Montclair Police Department.
But the chances of recovering the ,000 the woman lost is considered very slim.