'Her' name was Aleksandra and 'she' was young and pretty with a long, dark mane of hair and dark brown eyes.
The case is a textbook example of a classic dating swindle, said Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) deputy chair Delia Rickard.
"When he tried to call back, using the number she had emailed him, it was disconnected.
Dave emailed her to say he was starting to doubt her story, which provoked a lengthy and impassioned response.
Where found: On major dating networks like Date Me Free or
The scammer is usually a male, supposedly well educated and financial stable, possibly an investor or an engineer.