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Man accused of wooing then scamming online dates

Police in San Diego are on the look out for a man accused of scamming tens of thousands of dollars from women he met on online dating sites.
Forty-nine year old Fadi Boulos Chaiban has allegedly defrauded at least two women out of $169,00! California police said that Chaiban, who also used the names Eddie Morretti, Anthony Paul Marino, and Eddie Baker, met the women on social websites, would wine and dine them making a grand appearance in a Mercedes Benz, gain their trust, promise each a future together, and then months later convinced them to give him money for investments.
"He never makes any investments and is not heard from again,'' according to a police alert.
Fox news reports one victim is from San Diego and the other is an elderly woman in Los Angeles.
Chaiban is said to be from Lebanon but has roots in Southern California.  They believe he could still be in the area. He was last known to live in the 3400 block of Riveria Drive in Pacific Beach.  
Chaiban has a criminal background involving issues with deportation and drug charges.  He's wanted for fraud. Anyone who has been involved in a relationship or investment with Chaiban is urged to call San Diego County Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477. Tips leading to an arrest may be worth $1,000.
Here’s a video with recently released images of Chaiban and additional information. But first a few quick tips in case you tend to wear your heart on your sleeve… let’s make sure your cash isn’t there too.
What you make is yours to keep, until you, of sound mind, decide other wise. Here are some things you can do to protect yourself:
  • So, not sure if you’re actually dating an investment guru, look it up on the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Broker Check. FINRA is the largest independent regulator for all securities firms doing business in the US. It oversees more than 4,000 brokerage firms, upward of 160,000 branch offices and more than 630,00 registered securities representatives. Its main role is to protect investors and it offers free online tools to help you choose whether to do business or continue to do business with a particular person or firm.

  • If you were introduced through an acquaintance via a social network or a party, get in touch with that acquaintance or friend and ask questions – specifically ask how your new significant other and your acquaintance know one another, how long they’ve been friendly and if they’ve maintained that same level of friendship continuously throughout the years. People lose touch, things change -- just because you see someone every year at a holiday party doesn’t mean you truly know anything about them.