Ms Mitchell, 56, a clerical worker from Hamilton, handed over her life savings to security guard Rae.
His lie was uncovered when a colleague of Ms Mitchell’s daughter showed her a photo of her sister’s boyfriend – and it turned out to be Rae.
He will seem like the perfect gentleman -- keeping in touch, sending gifts, making the victim feel special -- until one day he asks for money, promising to repay it as soon as possible.
The reason varies, and often a heart-rending story is attached, such as a medical emergency he doesn't have the funds to cover, a death in the family or a robbery.
Something that isn't often mentioned, however, is that scammers and con men also frequent community and dating websites specifically to take advantage of that loneliness.
The pithy statement encapsulates the enjoyable side of Internet anonymity -- but says nothing about its dangers.THE COLONY -- It's game over for an online conman, and he may be in hotter water than he expected.Last week we told you about Derek Alldred, whose apparent nationwide crime spree had landed him an arrest warrant from The Colony in North Texas.The very same anonymity that fosters free expression also creates an environment where scammers, sexual predators and other unsavory characters can thrive.Meeting people on the Internet, especially through online dating, is touted as an antidote to loneliness.