"If you do a simple Google search and you punch in 'dating scam', the civil engineer scam will come up hundreds of times," O'Brien said.
Police are protecting the identity of the woman, but O'Brien said she is between the age of 65 and 75.
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Nanaimo RCMP say the woman met a man calling himself Jonathan Lucron in late 2016 on Match.com, an online dating site, while looking for companionship in the wake of her husband's death. Gary O'Brien said the man claimed to be a civil engineer working in China and started telling the woman he needed money for various reasons.
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"She didn't hesitate, because she thought she had found someone to share her last years with," O'Brien said.
"She sent thousands of dollars to various accounts, wired them across the globe." Eventually, Lucron told the woman he would be travelling to a nearby city to propose to her on New Year's Eve.