WOBURN (CBS) – A married Waltham man stole more than $200,000 from four women he met on dating websites since 2006, according to the Middlesex County district attorney’s office.

Fifty-four-year-old Albert Bellamy Lovering was arraigned Wednesday in Middlesex Superior Court on 23 counts of larceny and ordered held on $10,000 bail.

Lovering allegedly deceived the women into thinking he was romantically attached to them but in need of some money. He then convinced the women to help him pay off his various debts.

WBZ-TV’s Diana Perez reports

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Carl Stevens reports

“The defendant’s cruel actions induced the victims to lend him many thousands of dollars, with the expectation he would repay them,” Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone said in a statement Wednesday.


Authorities said Lovering met the first victim on the Yahoo! dating site in 2006, and then later began meeting the woman once or twice a week. He convinced her to help him buy an item from eBay and also co-sign a loan for him. He took the loan money and did not give her anything in return, police said.

In 2008, Lovering met his second victim by placing a romance ad on Craigslist. He initially asked for help on purchasing an eBay item for $1,645, and after showering the woman with romantic dinners and professions of love, he convinced her to lend him more than $28,000. He never saw the woman again, but continued to communicate online.

Lovering allegedly later told the second victim that he was hospitalized in New Hampshire with a serious health condition, but would not name the hospital and made it clear he did not want any visitors. But, he told her he could not be discharged from the hospital until all of his medical bills were paid off, so she sent him several checks over a period of time.

The second victim believed that Lovering’s friend, a fictional man named “Doug Spencer,” was picking up his mail and bringing him the checks for his signature at the hospital. Each time, however, Lovering cashed the checks himself at the bank despite the fact he claimed he was hospitalized. In all, the second victim allegedly lent him more than $70,000 before she realized he was lying.

Lovering allegedly met the third victim on Craigslist’s romance section a few months later. He arranged for a dinner in late June 2008, where he told the victim he owed the IRS money in back taxes. Authorities said she lent Lovering $7,200 and then never saw him again.

The fourth victim met Lovering through the dating website PlentyofFish.com in late 2008. They met for drinks once, and continued their relationship via text messages, phone calls, and e-mails but never again saw each other in person. Lovering allegedly told the fourth victim he owed the IRS, and she gave him $1,500 as a loan.

Then, a month later in January 2009, he allegedly told the victim he was hospitalized in New Hampshire, using the same rouse that duped the second victim. He said that “Doug Spencer” would bring him his checks until he was able to be discharged from the hospital. In all, the fourth victim allegedly lent Lovering more than $100,000.

He is due back in court September 16 for a pretrial conference.

Comments (17)
  1. Scambaitress says:

    Horrible, Horrible that this stuff happens in this state, Im disgusted. I fight scammers all the time but they tend to be Nigerians or Romanians in other countries. Ladies and gents be careful who you begin corresponding with online. as they can and will wipe you out, financially as well as romantically.
    check people out at romancescams.org or romancescams.com. I dont have any association with that site, I just know of it and it is wonderful for finding out who is and who is not a scammer.

  2. notscammingthisgirl says:

    Unbelieveable, I too had a similar attempt by a Nigerian fellow, posing to be a gentleman from Nashua. After a week of correspondence with this scam artist, flowers sent to me, loving emails, and even phone calls, he tried very hard to convnce me to send him money. I was very skeptical from the beginning, but I played along, and sure enough after doing my homework on this guy, he tried to go in for the kill and begged me to send him money for help with a transaction he was trying to make on a land deal. This guy was on Match.com, but he disappeared off the site the day we started communicating. He was good, but not that good. I’m sure he was working several woman at the same time. I am no longer on match.com, or plentyoffish, happily met a nice genuine, honest and caring man. And yes, I’m doing my homework on him too. One can never be to careful in this day and age. By the way, the name that this man used and I believe has stolen someone’s idenity is Richard Pott. Woman beware!

  3. RedFlagWatcher says:

    I am still surprised at these women who would even give these men – “men” – a DIME – wake up ladies… no man should ever ask you for money!!!

    1. vintage_1972 says:

      Agreed! There’s a sucker born every minute. Stop being so desperate for a boyfriend!

  4. Denise says:

    I had a friend that ended up taking her boyfriend (aka “soup”) to court for $$ she loaned him in good faith during their relationship and afterwards – she thought he was still a “friend”… well the courts make it easy for these guys to get away with it. she dragged him to small claims courts for years only to get a fraction of what she loaned him back and that was shen she could find him and serve him to appear in court. He would boo hoo – she’s unfortunately to trusting – and as soon as he met the court appointed amount… it was off to the races again! Unfortunately I’m sure he’s found someone else to take advantage of! Losers like these two hopefully get theirs someday!

  5. Scambaitress says:

    The scammers look for a very particular type of woman to befriend, ones that were married for a long while and their self esteem was shot to heck when their ex hubbys found some cute little tart to hook up. They perhaps are a bit over middle age, a bit out of shape and just feeling they would like to be loved again. This is what the scammer, whether it is a nigerian or an american, this is what they look for, someone down on their luck. Most of these woman would never admit that they were taken, will never tell their child or best freind she lent them $20,000. I see victims of this type of crime every day and I try to empower them. You can possibly get over the money loss but can you ever trust a person again. Some can, most cannot.

  6. lynnie says:

    I don’t understand how women could be so ignorant. You have an online relationship with someone or contact them essentially only through phone calls and texts and you give someone you barely know 100k… These women deserve what happens if they are that dumb. Not to mention, if I have just met a guy and he tells me that he owes the IRS- well that’s your problem buddy. It’s one thing if we’ve been together for years or married, but just meeting you online, no way would I ever fall for something like that.

  7. Susan M says:

    I met a guy online that was legitimately poor, wiped out in divorce and living in a rooming house. Really nice guy but broke. He never asked me for a penny. I bought him a couple of dress shirts and he refused to take them until I fibbed and said I got them at the thrift store. We dated for a while and remain friends.

    1. jaygee says:

      Susan, meeting anyone online is a very big gamble. You were lucky in this case but what if he had just gotten out of prison after 10 years and didn’t tell you that little piece of his history? You still might have gotten him two shirts but he may have taken your life and not a few pennies. There are plenty of venues to meet someone face to face and while there are no guarantees, it’s a much better choice over complete strangers.

      1. vintage_1972 says:

        @jaygee I agree…I recently gave up on it mainly because the guys were so socially awkward and physically unattractive. I consider it blind dating because even though they post photos and you can speak to them on the phone first, you truly have no idea what they’re like until you meet up in person. Sometimes the photos are at least a decade old.

  8. emom says:

    And they say ON_LINE DATING IS SAFE,,,, I laugh at that,, since there is a con artist, scammer and crook around every mouse click. This kind of thing has been going of for decades,, we just do not hear about it as much,, Its a story right our of HOLLWOOD, Remember that movie with jamie lee curtis and her spy husband,,, YOu know swatzernagger,,, and how she was conned into a relationship with a guy possing as a international spy,, only to find out he is a car sales man,, well she never found out, But it happens.,,, WAKE UP FOLKS…. If it sounds to good to be true,,, IT SURE IS.

  9. K says:

    I think I dated this scam artist back around 1997. He was in peak shape back then and I was attractive <40. The man, Al, said he was employed by the Japanese Consulate and that he'd attended MIT. Some things did not add up so I did my homework. He had worked as a security guard at MIT. He frequented antique book fairs, etc., in search of well-off women. He had wined & dined me, and even gave me roses. It turned out he had restraining orders against him by 3 different women! He was not married at the time.

  10. jaygee says:

    Not for anything but have you seen this guy? Not exactly a prize catch and a 50 inch waist to boot. This is just one more case that fully explains the point that there are many truly desperate women walking around…..and I do mean desperate. They fall for Internet scammers, many times without even seeing them, so pardon my lack of compassion because they don’t deserve any, period!

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