On The 25th February 2014 Mail Online reports three cases of Romance scams where it has left the victims heartbroken.
Jan COLE from Yorkshire UK met her Nigerian boyfriend Michael (26) while visiting Gambia. Michael was working as a bar tender in a country that has a reputation as being a hot bed of romances between young local men and more mature western women often referred to as cougars.
After a brief, but intense, romance Michael proposed marriage and said he wanted to live in the UK and although Jan would have preferred to live in the Gambia she agreed. Soon after they arrived in the UK Michael began to act out of character, he was staying out late and was out of contact for long periods.
Eventually Jan called a number that kept on appearing on his cell phone and she discovered he had been in a relationship with another woman for the past 6 years. This relationship must have been going on all the time she was visiting him in Gambia and through their courtship.
Jan confronted him and he replied that “People laugh when they see us together.” She was absolutely devastated.
When widow Jeanette Styles, 56, from Scarborough, UK, visited Italy on holiday she met a man calling himself Rudi Sloot. Rudi told her he was an undercover spy working for the US government. Rudi was young and handsome and soon he was persuading Jeanette to spend her money buying him expensive gifts and asking him to loan him money that he would pay back.
Of course he never paid the money back always making excuses, then one night when he became aggressive Jeanette called the police. They arrested him and later found out he was wanted by Interpol on fraud offenses.
Alanah Longshore, from Scotland, began chatting with a man from Turkey, she was only 16 when she first met him. They finally arranged to meet in Turkey in 2010. The relationship flourished and she decided to move to Turkey so they could live together. Soon he began to spend more time out of the house and when he became violent towards her she ran home to Scotland.
Soon she found out he was a serial philanderer with lots of girlfriends and she also discovered she was pregnant. Now safe home in the UK Alanah is taking advice on how she can keep her baby son safe from his father who has threatened to take him back to Turkey.
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