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Unusually for someone her age, Aleksandra had no Facebook, Twitter or Instagram accounts.
In fact, there were no online traces of her at all.
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.
Although she said she was 32 years old, the pictures she sent appeared to be of a much younger woman.This wiki How teaches you how to avoid being scammed on dating sites.Online dating scammers tend to target people who have a large amount of information in their profiles, and the scam is usually based around stealing money, credit card information, or personal information from the victim.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?