Blind love: US man conned into flying 13 000 km to Cape Town

Blind love: US man conned into flying 13 000 km to Cape Town

- An American man proved that love truly is blind

- He was fooled into flying to South Africa by a person he met online pretending to be a woman who inherited millions from her late father

- She claimed that she needed money for her passport and instead of sending her the money he decided to fly to SA himself

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An American man packed his bags and flew across the Atlantic ocean to be with the woman he loved. The only problem with his plan was that the woman of his dreams did not exist.

Michael Morgan, 67, of North Carolina came to the shocking conclusion that he had been catfished after a person responded to an online ad he placed on Craigslist, an international classifieds website. learned that Morgan was supposed to meet Caryl Jones, a 35-year-old nurse working at Groote Schuur Hospital who told him that she needed R7000 to apply for a passport to travel to the US to be with him according to

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Instead of sending the money Morgan decided to rescue the damsel in distress himself. Jones had told him that she couldn't meet him yet because she was looking after her mother who had Alzheimer's.

She told Morgan that her dad had been a wealthy man working in the diamond industry and she had inherited $12-million (R141-million).

When Morgan arrived in Cape Town he waited for an hour at the airport before taking a taxi to where Jones had said her address was, 27 Clifford Avenue, Vredehoek. However, there was no number 27 on the road.

Morgan then decided to travel to Groote Schuur Hospital. He asked at the information counter about Caryl Jones. At first, the hospital was unwilling to help but eventually relented and told Morgan that no one by that name worked at the hospital and it appeared that he had been fooled.

He was devastated, he'd thought he had met the woman of his dreams and said that he should have realised something was wrong when he was never able to Skype with her and only communicated over e-mail and phone messages.

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Morgan has spent $900 on his flight to SA, $800 on his flight home and $300 on taxi and hotel expenses (R23632.00).

Despite his heartbreak and disappointment, he said that Cape Town was the perfect holiday destination.

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