Gwinnett County Police Department
Now playing
01:29
Man accused of swindling $80K from woman he met online
Now playing
03:36
Local election officials to be ousted after Georgia governor signs law
CNN
Now playing
03:14
This family's lives will be changed by the child tax credit
WDJT
Now playing
01:35
Sen. Ron Johnson gets heckled at Juneteenth event
CNN
Now playing
02:39
NY candidate says he's joining forces with his opponent. Here's why
FLINT, MI - OCTOBER 31: Former U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a drive-in campaign rally for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden at Northwestern High School on October 31, 2020 in Flint, Michigan. Biden is campaigning with former President Obama on Saturday in Michigan, a battleground state that President Donald Trump narrowly won in 2016. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
Drew Angerer/Getty Images North America/Getty Images
FLINT, MI - OCTOBER 31: Former U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a drive-in campaign rally for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden at Northwestern High School on October 31, 2020 in Flint, Michigan. Biden is campaigning with former President Obama on Saturday in Michigan, a battleground state that President Donald Trump narrowly won in 2016. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
Now playing
00:54
Obama slams GOP's opposition to voting reform
Getty Images
Now playing
02:47
Enten: Straw poll of GOP activists rates DeSantis over Trump
Iran's new President-elect Ebrahim Raisi speaks during a press conference in Tehran, Iran, Monday, June 21, 2021. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)
Vahid Salemi/AP
Iran's new President-elect Ebrahim Raisi speaks during a press conference in Tehran, Iran, Monday, June 21, 2021. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)
Now playing
02:28
CNN asked Iran's President-Elect about nuclear deal. Hear his reply
CNN
Now playing
05:17
'It's too late for me': Why dying veteran fights to end military burn pits
Children in Brazil have been dying from Covid-19 at higher rates than nearly anywhere else in the world. Doctors and researchers say the country's higher child death rate stems from several issues but the main culprit is social inequality. CNN's Isa Soares reports.
CNN
Children in Brazil have been dying from Covid-19 at higher rates than nearly anywhere else in the world. Doctors and researchers say the country's higher child death rate stems from several issues but the main culprit is social inequality. CNN's Isa Soares reports.
Now playing
04:19
See family's emotional reunion as daughter leaves hospital after Covid-19 battle
Family Photo
Now playing
03:25
Research indicates Latinos killed by police are severely undercounted
Now playing
02:26
'It's no fun': One of QAnon's first targets speaks out
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 30:  Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, testifies at a hearing of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on June 30, 2020 in Washington, DC. The committee is examining efforts to contain the Covid-19 pandemic while putting people back to work and kids back in school.  (Photo by Kevin Dietsch-Pool/Getty Images)
Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 30: Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, testifies at a hearing of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on June 30, 2020 in Washington, DC. The committee is examining efforts to contain the Covid-19 pandemic while putting people back to work and kids back in school. (Photo by Kevin Dietsch-Pool/Getty Images)
Now playing
02:29
'Let me give you a flash': Hear Dr. Fauci fire back at critics
Brandon Clement
Now playing
00:56
See dramatic aerials of tornado damage
An American airlines airplane is seen at the Juan Santa Maria airport in Alajuela, Costa Rica, on May 28, 2021. - Costa Rica is experiencing its most critical moment since the Covid-19 pandemic breakout, in March 2020, but maintains an encouraging outlook for its economic reactivation.
Ezequiel Becerra/AFP/Getty Images
An American airlines airplane is seen at the Juan Santa Maria airport in Alajuela, Costa Rica, on May 28, 2021. - Costa Rica is experiencing its most critical moment since the Covid-19 pandemic breakout, in March 2020, but maintains an encouraging outlook for its economic reactivation.
Now playing
01:39
See why American Airlines is canceling hundreds of flights
CNN
Now playing
03:01
Graduation ceremony provides moment of relief for SC seniors
Now playing
02:45
First day of summer hints at more extreme heat for the West
CNN —  

A man accused of swindling $80,000 from a Georgia woman he met online has been arrested in Tennessee – and is wanted in other states for similar scams, authorities said.

John Martin Hill, 35, connected with the woman from Alpharetta, Georgia, on Match.com in late March, the Gwinnett County Police Department said Wednesday.

Hill took the woman out on a date the same day they met, and the two agreed to get married within a week of meeting, authorities said.

He told the woman he’s a millionaire, and they decided to invest in a love nest. The woman gave her now fiancé $80,000 to help with the home’s purchase, police said.

“During their short romance, he convinced her that they were in love and wanted to buy a house together. They went house-hunting and selected a home they were interested in,” police said.

When he got the money, he cut all contact with the woman, police said.

He had another home and another family

As investigators looked into the case, they unveiled a scam that went beyond Georgia.

The man lived with another woman and a child in Duluth, Georgia – and he’s wanted in Virginia, Delaware, Maryland and New Jersey for similar scams, authorities said.

Since then, several women have come forward and said they were in a relationship with him, or knew women who were. Hill has changed his name at least five times in two and a half years, police said.

Police arrested him Wednesday at a hotel in Franklin, Tennessee.

“He attempted to evade … officers by darting into a hotel conference room and hiding under a table. Officers ordered Hill from under that table and arrested him,” the Franklin Police Department said in a statement.

Police urge women to be cautious

Authorities applauded the woman who reported the scam, saying she likely saved others from a similar fate.

“By sharing this story, it is our hope that he is not able to victimize any other women using this scam,” Gwinnett County Police said. “These types of con men are very good at manipulating their victims. They tend to say everything that a woman wants to hear.”

Hill is being held on a $500,000 bond as he awaits extradition to Georgia, where he faces a charge of theft by deception – a felony. Information on his attorney was not immediately available.

Romance scams are rampant in the US

Online scams are widespread in the US, and are more popular than any other type of consumer fraud, according to the Federal Trade Commission. It estimates that Americans lost $143 million in online romance scams last year.

“Reports indicate the scammers are active on dating apps, but also on social media sites that aren’t generally used for dating. For example, many people say the scam started with a Facebook message,” the FTC says.

Romance con artists start by trying to steal your heart before they go for your money, it says.