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Female victims are usually hooked with profiles of middle-aged men.
They are often of average appearance, wearing shirts with button down collars, and who claim to have solid jobs in the likes of medicine, the military or engineering.
The crime cost victims a collective £39million last year, a rise of nearly 50 per cent since 2015.
He claimed to be a widower in his late-40s with a teenage daughter.
Julie, then 47, believed he was from the American Midwest, a career soldier and an animal-lover who was fond of travel and looking for a long-term relationship.
He says: ‘I was encouraged to take up a hobby and have been ballroom dancing several nights a week.
It has been great as therapy and for making friends.‘I’ve only just started to be able to trust people again.