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She had emailed her phone number but told Dave he could not call her, saying "my phone doesn't accept international calls".Although she said she was 32 years old, the pictures she sent appeared to be of a much younger woman.It was a mere two weeks before Aleksandra's emails swung in a more intimate direction, peppered with loving endearments and declarations of their future together.A smitten Dave began to make plans, discussing travelling to Russia to see her — but he also had his doubts.Unusually for someone her age, Aleksandra had no Facebook, Twitter or Instagram accounts.In fact, there were no online traces of her at all.She sent him passport pictures, told him she had spoken about their future to her family and even started to call him "husband"."You are my loved man and I don't want to lose you," she reminded him constantly.
She sent dozens of pictures of her eating cake, dressed in a bathrobe, lying chastely on the bed, always dressed in white.On Valentines Day this year, Dave was woken up just before 7am by a call from a private number.The Aleksandra on the phone was less loving, more forthright and after wishing him "happy Valentine's Day", she quizzed him: "you are going to send the money?Scammers operate from countries with low per capita income and even if a scam takes months to pay out it is worthwhile for them, even for just a few hundred dollars.Scammers use services like Western Union because it is all but impossible to track the recipient of the money which can be picked up anywhere in the world.This is a broad example of Russian online dating scams.The period from first contact to first cash request could be a few days or a few months but regardless how long you've "known" the person, a request for money is a scam.When Dave's friends suggested 'Aleksandra' might even be a man, his mood changed abruptly. The Mount Gambier man shared the contents of the roughly 50 emails he received over three months conversing with 'Aleksandra' with ABC Local Radio, wanting to help prevent further victims.The case is a textbook example of a classic dating swindle, said Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) deputy chair Delia Rickard.There are many variations of online dating scams originating in Russia and Eastern Europe but they have in common a high emotional and financial cost to unsuspecting scam victims.Typically, a man comes into contact with a scammer through an online dating agency.