A woman surnamed Liao living in Kaohsiung was almost cheated of NT$95,000 (US$3,163) on Saturday afternoon by an Italian man she met online, who she believed would fly to Taiwan to meet her.
The Italian man, who claimed that he lost his job due to the pandemic, said he had not enough money to come to Taiwan.
Luckily, the police stopped her from wiring the money after receiving a phone call from the local bank which was alerted by the suspicious remittance.
The man, who claimed to be Italian and favored Taiwanese girls, expressed hope to come Taiwan to form a family with Liao, aged 32. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, however, he lost his job and had no money to fly to Taiwan, Liao told police.
“If the Italian ‘fiancé’ is serious about this relationship, he’ll find a way to get the money. Do not get cheated on emotionally and financially,” a police officer said as he tried to stop her.