After the loss of her father and the completion of 2½ years of cancer treatments, Claudia Leblanc decided to join an online dating service.
"I was ready to go out into the dating scene," said Leblanc, a 56-year-old medical professional from Portsmouth.
She joined Match.com in April and in less than a week was notified that someone who appeared to be a handsome man from Nashua had sent her a "wink." His profile name was "honestman," he e-mailed that "the key to a lasting relationship is complete trust," and said he had a dog named Coco.
In the month that followed, Leblanc said, she was romanced by "honestman," who "said everything a woman wants to hear," while he conned her out of $25,000. She said all of her savings is gone, her credit cards are maxed, and she's behind on her bills by a couple of months.