"I became then told the truth, and delivered an image of this genuine ," she sighs. "A 22-year-old Nigerian kid." Even then, the trickster attempted everything to keep her chatting. She was asked by him to aid him older guys. He gloated by giving pictures of this household as well as the automobile he had purchased making use of her money. He threatened to make use of her intimate pictures, which she defines once the type "only those in love" send to one another; some are nevertheless circulating on online dating sites, luring various other (male) targets of love .
Duped: Vanessa Gregory. Credit: Edwina Pickles
The pictures of "Robert Sigfrid" have been taken from a real US soldier with similar surname (fraudsters steal the surname since it is embroidered just over the heart on military uniforms, then make use of an alternative Christian name). For the following eight months, Douglas invested every extra minute researching when it comes to soldier whose ID have been stolen, while the criminal who'd done it. She delivered email messages and communications to each and every individual aided by the surname Sigfrid on social news, and also to a lot of their buddies.
"I found 16 other victims, all tricked by exactly the same ," she claims. These women had lost up to $1 million as a whole. By comparing notes, bank accounts and routing figures, Douglas thinks she has found the title, target together with facebook that is personal of her imposter. The criminal had been a specialist: his written and spoken English were sophisticated, sometimes add up to hers; he previously gone to university in Nigeria and then he had examined English in the usa.