Pretty much everyone I know has tried a dating app or two. But there’s always that niggling doubt that the person who you’re talking to is either a criminal or a faker.
And it’s these stories that make people think twice about online dating.
Daylon Pierce has been sentenced to nearly 16 years in prison for scamming several women on dating apps such as Tinder, PlentyOfFish and Match.
The man from Arizona who also went by the name Daylon Jung, set up a fake accounts claiming he was a licensed stockbroker under the company name ‘Credit Investment Group LLC.’ He lied to several ladies telling them he was a wealthy businessman.
The ‘Casanova conman’ targeted multiple vulnerable women. He somehow convinced them he could assist in paying off their student loans and other debts.
In an interview with ABC 15 Arizona, one of the victims revealed she had recently gone through a separation.
She was feeling lonely and began online dating – this is when Pierce came along.
‘I was vulnerable and he ‘wowed’ me,’ Tara DeGrazia explained. ‘I had just gotten a divorce.’
Another unidentified victim said Pierce came off as ‘very charming.’
He managed to convince them to invest in bogus schemes – promising them a fruitful return.
Another victim invested a whopping ‘$240,000 including part of her 401K,’ while someone else ‘took out a $100,000 loan to give to Pierce as an investment.’
Rose Reddy said Pierce had the ability to take advantage of women because he was believable and a smooth talker.
‘He was on the phone making deals on his computer while I was right there listening to him talk,’ Reddy said.
Pierce reportedly raked in more than one million dollars from 13 different women between the time period of 2013-2016.
He then took the women’s money to fund an extravagant lifestyle.
‘When you went over to his house — he had it all,’ Reddy added. ‘The closet all organized; all the colored shoes. He had everything covered that you would never question.’
Following Pierce’s Friday sentencing, the women spoke to ABC about their relief.
‘It feels like we’ve kind of won in a sense,’ Sarah Schroeder said. Finally being able to see him in handcuffs and being sentenced was very liberating.’
According to a recent study conducted, nearly 50 million Americans have tried online dating apps.