By HARRIET WALLACE, WZTV
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (CIRCA via WZTV) — Dominique Robinson is a hard-working mom looking for love, but apparently in all the wrong places.
“Oh, he was wonderful. Charming, charming as a boyfriend, very charming, and that was the trick,” Robinson said.
Robinson went fishing and found her love on the dating app Plenty of Fish. She says it all started out like a dream with romantic dates, a lot of quality time and kind words. She introduced her new man to her family and friends, then things took a turn.
“I started seeing the red flags when I started getting inboxes from women. Other women were saying, 'I’m his girlfriend. I’m pregnant. He’s saying they’re lying,'" Robinson said.
She says the man she fell for, fell for other women, too. He took their hearts, their money and now her car, leaving her and her kids without a way to get around. Each woman who reached out to her said they met him on other dating sites. They accused him of shopping for women to take advantage of on the apps. Just like Robinson, he promised them the world, but took everything.
Robert Young, a former Nashville police officer and now a private investigator for his company, Covert Results, says people using dating sites to scam people is a danger that’s showing no sign of slowing down.
"If you’re hiding behind a cellphone, you’re going to be able to make up whatever you can make up," Young said. "Pretty much anything you can type up could be the truth or not the truth."
Young says his company gets lots of calls to do background checks. He said it will cost some people money on the front end but will save women like Robinson money and heartache on the back end.
“It’s fearful. It’s very fearful. I’m kind of embarrassed because I have girls. My children have to watch their back,” Robinson said.
Police found Robinson’s car abandoned at a Walmart in Chattanooga. She now has to pay to go and pick it up. As for her boyfriend, he’s nowhere to be found.
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