Man loses $200K in catfish online-dating scam over artwork

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Officials are warning of online dating service scams after an Oregon man lost money believing he was entering a personal and business relationship with a person posing as a Florida woman. The Statesman Journal reports the 80-year-old man was convinced to hand over $200,000 for what he believed to be an investment to bring a piece of art to a Florida art gallery, according to the Oregon Division of Financial Regulation. Officials say the scammer stole a Florida woman’s identity and, over several months, developed a long-distance romantic relationship with the man.