A Massachusetts man was sentenced to four and a half years in prison after pleading guilty to running a sophisticated romance fraud scheme from 2016 to 2020. Targeting mostly older people, the man created fake dating profiles and then gained the trust of targets before coming up with wild reasons to require money on short notice, bilking over $8 million out of targets of which $4 million went directly to him. One story was that he needed funds to get out of government custody after his oil rig exploded, which actually worked. At the very least, his time as a guest of the government will certainly add some verisimilitude to his tales should he hit the dating scene upon release.
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