I opened the National Post today and immediately spotted an article on Plenty of Fish, where I am a member. It seems 26-year-old Calvin Bennett was not the man he pretended to be. Big surprise. NOT!
There are lots of people on every dating site who misrepresent themselves. However, this man who claimed he was “tired of being single” and wanted someone who would like him for who he is and not what he has, has much more than any woman would ever bargain for. He has a warrant out on him for the brutal double slaying of an elderly couple in Nashville, Ark. On Oct. 30.
On Nov. 19, he was arrested, with the assistance of the Vancouver based Internet dating site and after being profiled on America’s Most Wanted in Rothschild, Wis.
About six months ago, I met a person through Plenty of Fish and we exchanged a few emails. Then we talked on MSN for a couple of weeks. He seemed pretty nice – a handsome art dealer from New Jersey. However, when he said he was in Africa for a show and needed money to pay for his hotel, I immediately cut him off. It had become obvious to me by then that he was a fraud by little comments that he’d made before and during his request.
About two months ago, a friend of mind met a girl through another on-line site and was dumbstruck that she truly seemed to like him. He is not the most attractive fellow, but he has one of the biggest hearts in the world. Unfortunately, her sweet talk got to him and when she said she was flying from Russia to see him, he was very excited. I tried to warn him, but didn’t want to totally squash his dreams.
They day came that she was supposed to arrive. He had already sent her $100 Canadian dollars (she requested $300) to help her fly over. She was to arrive at Pearson International Airport in Toronto and he stopped at my place first to gauge my opinion again. I simply told him that I really hoped for his sake that this was for real. Unfortunately, I also suggest he buy her flowers. She never showed and now, he is too embarrassed to even talk to me, which is very upsetting.
Maybe Internet dating sites are the new trend in personal relationships, but I have to say that they are also very dangerous and would caution any woman (or man) who is using them. You just don’t know what you’re really getting, if anything.