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She became wise to the smooth scammer's moves before she parted with any cash.

"It started off as a bit fun, but at the back of my mind I thought it would be great to find somebody.

"He was 55, a designer, widowed with one child who did a lot of travelling with his job and loved nature." "We had similar interests.

However, when she contacted police they advised that as she hadn't given away her money, they couldn't help.

"The banks also said they couldn't do anything and I should go the police and Telstra wouldn't help locate the mobile unless I went through the police." She wanted to warn other women to take care, when looking for love. They take their time." "I just think of all the women in my situation who hope somewhere they might meet someone, a friend or a companion.. Then something like this happens and it destroys your trust in people. "You become dependent on having contact with the person every day." THE TELL-TALE SIGNS ITS A SCAMMER: In hindsight, Ronnie can now see the tell-tale signs he wasn't real.

Of course you don't want to believe it as you have invested so much emotion in the connection you have made.

"It's hard to face up to the reality of the situation and realise that this person is only interested in your money." THE BEGINNING: How the romance started.

" "I was hit hard, I had feelings for this person and I didn't want to believe it, but I knew in my heart that something was terribly wrong." She offered to travel to the UAE at her expense to see him, in the hope that she would catch him out and as she suspected.

He came up with "every excuse" as to why this wouldn't work.

The relationship grows over time and this is how they draw you in.

Ronnie did research to try and find if there had been any serious work site accidents in the United Arab Emirates which might confirm his story. "He started going on about the accident and how they were holding him in the country.

But when the Sunshine Coast nurse saw an attractive-looking, professional man on the Maturefreeandsingle website seven weeks ago, she decided to sign up.

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