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The relationship tends to becomes secretive and a triangle develops between the victim, the manipulative scammer and the victims family.The scammer will attack disapproval by introducing doubt and will answer with a question or just drop out of the communication if confronted.
Although she said she was 32 years old, the pictures she sent appeared to be of a much younger woman.
When Dave's friends suggested 'Aleksandra' might even be a man, his mood changed abruptly. The Mount Gambier man shared the contents of the roughly 50 emails he received over three months conversing with 'Aleksandra' with ABC Local Radio, wanting to help prevent further victims.
The case is a textbook example of a classic dating swindle, said Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) deputy chair Delia Rickard.
It was a mere two weeks before Aleksandra's emails swung in a more intimate direction, peppered with loving endearments and declarations of their future together.
A smitten Dave began to make plans, discussing travelling to Russia to see her — but he also had his doubts.
The victim feels uncomfortable at the speed of the developing relationship pace but develops a strong emotional attachment to their sweet words of love.
Family members may become alarmed when they discover financial transactions taking place and become critical of the developing relationship.'Her' name was Aleksandra and 'she' was young and pretty with a long, dark mane of hair and dark brown eyes.She contacted Dave (not his real name) on dating site Zoosk in November last year, telling him she was a 32-year-old Russian woman eager to pursue a serious relationship.It was December when the first plea for help with her travel arrangements arrived in Dave's inbox.When Dave told his friends about his new girlfriend, they laughed and said: "mate, you're getting scammed" but Dave kept emailing and Aleksandra always knew the right thing to say to assuage his doubts.Most victims find it hard to resist the pull towards the scammers seduction due to the heavy pattern of romantic attention the scammer has created and many will lose financially before their illusion is broken resulting in a physical, spiritual and emotional breakdown.