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She believed this was all to help make her accounts secure, and she was emotionally invested in the relationship that had been developing.

Elaine said: “I was ready to marry this man. He was patient, he was intelligent, he knew what he was doing and me, a single woman in total isolation for five months, there was no one there sitting in my house listening to this conversation saying ‘Don’t you think we should check this?’.”

Over the course of two days the scammers drained her savings of £30,000. 

Elaine shared that it wasn’t the figure they stole that hit her hardest: “It wasn’t just that amount of money, it was 20 years of savings so that was the impact.