Where’s Richard Scott Smith Now? ‘Love Fraud’ Chronicles The Search For Him – Bustle

Where’s Richard Scott Smith Now? ‘Love Fraud’ Chronicles The Search For Him – Bustle

Dating apps can be a boon for older singles, but they can also lead to catfishing — an experience that the subjects of Showtime’s new docuseries Love Fraud know all too well. The women in the show all got entangled with a man named Richard Scott Smith, a classic con artist who deceived, manipulated, and stole from his dates before disappearing. It wasn’t until his exes started a website detailing his transgressions that authorities began to pin down where Richard Scott Smith is and exactly how far his web of deceit goes.

Directors Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady lay out Smith’s modus operandi throughout the four-part series. Smith created dating app profiles under various fake names and with different backstories, changing his interests to whatever meshed with his date. He always appeared to be the perfect doting, fun, and affectionate boyfriend and often confessed his love quickly — two or three weeks in — then pushed for a wedding and a joint savings account. Soon after, he’d drain the woman’s life savings and split without a word, leaving them in even more dire financial straits than when they first met him. Love Fraud surmises he scammed at least 10 women using this exact method.

“He tells great stories,” Jean Hansen, one of Smith’s many former wives, told The Kansas City Star. “It’s part of his charm … [but] every word out of
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