A British divorcee is now in pains after a Nigerian Internet fraudster duped her of £4,000.
A 65-year-old British divorcee identified only as Sheila, thought she had found love when she met a man by the name of Glen Almond on a dating website on the Internet, not knowing she was dealing with a Nigerian Internet fraudster.
According to the Daily Mail, before Sheila realised what had hit her, the fast guy had duped her of the sum of £4,000 and she is crying foul.
The tearful Sheila made the revelation when she spoke on Channel 5 show, Secrets Of The Scammers, saying the man had told her he was a captain in the Canadian Navy and was a widow based in Afghanistan as a medical doctor working in a field hospital. He then proposed to her a month later on Valentine's Day and gleefully agreed.
Then Almond went into another gear and made demanded for the money so that he could set up a business in the UK where they would get married and settle down.
"As soon as I opened the email and saw his photo it was love at first sight, we spent time chatting with emails going backwards and forwards getting to know each other.
He was very charming and romantic. He proposed on Valentine's Day, it was so romantic. I thought 'yes!
We were planning to walk off into the sunset hand-in-hand and live happily ever after."
Then Glen told Sheila that in order for his business to be a success, he needed her help financially. He said a payment had to be made right away in order for them to get the goods he needed from a supplier, and that he couldn’t make the transaction from Afghanistan.
Sheila said she didn’t know anything about his business but with the thought they were going to be married soon, she decided to help him with the money.
So she put up her house for sale, sold some shares and with what she had in her savings, sent the money to her man.
But the wool was lifted off her eyes when one of the potential buyers of her house, himself an ex-army officer who had served in Afghanistan, became suspicious when she told him about her fiance.
The man made her double check Almond's claims and when she reported to authorities, the trail of the money ended up in Nigeria.
"I contacted the police who found I was one of hundreds of victims of this professional, international scam and they traced it back to Nigeria.
I have no idea to this day who I was corresponding with. Someone out there in the world was writing these emails and I have no idea who it was.
The moment I found out it was a fake profile and it wasn't for real I was emotionally devastated. My whole world fell apart."