And, reluctantly, she did

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His daughter had been in an accident, he said. She had contacted him, not the other way around. Include your complete contact information and a copy of your passport if applicable when submitting your complaint.

They were on the phone for hours every day at this point. They may use a fictional name, or falsely take on the identities of real, trusted people such as military personnel, aid workers or professionals working abroad.

He liked bluegrass music and lived an hour away. Still, she wired him the money. In his early emails, the spelling seemed to switch.

She tried to tamp down the pinpricks of panic. Suddenly, she wasn't tied up for hours every day. You know me better than that. This part of the con follows a familiar pattern.

Still almost in spite of herself

She planned to make dinner for him that first night. Shame, fear of ridicule and the victim's own denial enforce this contract of silence. He gave a Yahoo email address and a name, Duane. And she told her brothers and her friends that they would finally get to meet this mystery boyfriend. He promised not to call her anymore.

Sometimes, he'd still call her in the middle of the night, and she'd hear that familiar voice for a few moments. They attempt to turn the tables and lead scammers on with promises of future riches. The daily siege of calls and emails and messages had ended.

Kipps says her worst experience was with a man who claimed to be a widower raising his five-year-old daughter. Just as they were about to meet, he had a sudden emergency and had to fly to the Philippines, where his daughter was supposedly staying with a relative. Of course, real people sometimes have nice things and go to great places, but these visual cues are key to scammers who want to get your guard down for their future bid for cash. To snare women, he'd pose as older men, financially secure and often in the military or in engineering professions.

If you think you are being targeted by a con artist, or have actually been ripped off, you can report the scam. Still, almost in spite of herself, she wondered.

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Something about being held up by immigration at the airport in Kuala Lumpur and needing money to bribe the officials. In the summer, when the trees leafed out, you couldn't even see the road or the neighbors.

Amy would later describe the feeling as akin to being brainwashed. But she never mentioned the money she was lending him.