October 4 2019
The man responding to her online dating profile last November called himself “James Deere,” and he spoke with a French accent. He said he was a fund manager at a well-known investment firm, and that he was living on the North Shore.
Very quickly, the Marblehead woman and “Deere” were exchanging text messages and emails, and speaking on the phone.
Within just a few weeks, he had a favor to ask. At that moment, the woman, who is in her mid-60s, became victim of what is most often called a romance scam.