She was pursued by a man posing as a widower and retired accountant, who said he was 10 years younger than her. He told her he worked with a Christian youth group in Texas, but when she called the church, the receptionist and the priest hadn’t heard of him.Her suitor told her it was a big church, and she believed him.Although she said she was 32 years old, the pictures she sent appeared to be of a much younger woman.Figures from the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau show the number of people in the UK who were defrauded via online dating scams reached a record high in 2016.
'Her' name was Aleksandra and 'she' was young and pretty with a long, dark mane of hair and dark brown eyes.
Losses have been estimated at about billion a year.
And partly because of the embarrassment of being exploited, only 1 in 44 victims report their losses, according to the National Adult Protective Services Association.
They found the most common female profile, set up for romance scamming purposes, is a brunette in her twenties (29 was the most common age) with blue eyes.
Selfies of women with low-cut vest tops were most commonly used, with female fraudsters describing themselves as a student, with no strong political leanings.
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Forty-eight was the most common age found across the profiles.