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It's called the romance scam, and in the case of Lynda Mc Lean Simmons, she was convinced she was going to marry a wealthy businessman named Henry Rosenthal Steinway Junior.
"I was like the fish caught on the hook and I guess they call it baiting," she said. "I had a letter almost every morning, and they were so beautiful to read.
She found the profile of her dreams on the popular dating site Plenty of Fish. He wanted me to read them before I would start my day." The scammer promised to come meet her in Halifax, then take her back to England.
It described a rich CEO of an oil and gas company based in Manchester, England. The fraudster also supplied a fake copy of his flight itinerary.
"I sent him a message, told him I liked his profile and I told him I was older than him, so I said 'maybe you don't want to contact me' and he wrote back in a couple of days," said Mc Lean Simmons. Soon after, the requests for money starting rolling in.