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Romance scam: elderly Bay Area man appears to have been ‘Te’oed’

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Manti Te’o, who claims to have been duped by maybe the world’s nuttiest Internet hoax ever, could perhaps identify with this: A 72-year-old South Bay man gets a cold call from a young real estate broker. She wants to talk about refinancing his home. They meet. She flirts. He gives her a diamond ring that once belonged to his ex-wife. And that’s just the start of it. He’s now not only heartbroken, but bankrupt. Oh, and she’s been arrested. Mercury News
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