"We developed a relationship online fairly rapidly, and fairly rapidly he started requesting money and I sent those sums of money after about six weeks," she said."I was simply looking for companionship after my divorce and never thought there would be such cruel con artists looing to capitalise on loneliness."When he was wanting to send his money back via me, I realised there was something really wrong here and asked some questions and ended up with [police] Project Sunbird, who confirmed it was a scam." Detective Sergeant Dom Blackshaw has confirmed that the major fraud squad has been working with Nigerian police, who have arrested a suspect and charged him with obtaining money under false pretences."It's our fourth arrest working with the Nigerians - there's been a lot of cooperation between us," he said."The advice we've been given from the Nigerians is that he is part of a wider group and they invariably always work in syndicates."Detective Sergeant Blackshaw said the arrest stemmed from police lifting fingerprints off a document the scammer sent to Jenny, which matched a person known to the Nigerian police.She ended up giving away £4,000 before she discovered she was the victim of an elaborate scam based in Nigeria.Even to this day, Sheila has no idea who she was actually talking to or where her money went.He told me his wife of 25 years had died of cancer and that he was very lonely and immediately asked me to begin corresponding with him via personal e-mail which I did.
She is one in only two other victims I have heard of being successful, said Ms Rickard.
I was new to internet dating sites and I hoped most people on this site were of God and that there was a chance I would meet my soul mate. I was first contacted by a man who said he was from south Florida, a wealthy and a very attractive man my age.
He stated he worked in oil exploration and dealt with the most influential people in the world.
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.
She recalled: 'As I was showing prospective buyers around my house I was so excited as Glen was due to be coming home tomorrow.
I thought this was an amazing coincidence at the time.