Now she was all by herself in a house secluded at the end of a long gravel driveway. At first, she just tiptoed around the many dating sites, window-shopping in this peculiar new marketplace. It wasn't until the fall that Amy was ready to dive in. Later, when she puzzled over their relationship, she'd remember this. That had been a fateful move; it made everything easier for him. After the funeral, a grief counselor told her to make no sudden changes in her life for at least a year, and she followed that advice.*Names have been changed to protect identities En español She wrote him first. In the summer, when the trees leafed out, you couldn't even see the road or the neighbors. She'd grown up here, in a conservative pocket of Virginia. When it came to meeting new people, however, her choices were limited. The holidays were coming, and she didn't want to face them alone.
The phone calls were the worst because he knew how to push all the right buttons.
She should have hung up straight away but she still felt something for him.
Jessica felt devastated that a man she had been sharing so much of herself with for so long and felt she could trust implicitly had been a scammer.
In addition to these mental and emotional costs, she had also sent the scammer in excess of $90 000, most of her life savings.
He said that she was guaranteed a big return if she sent him $40,000 to invest.