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"The person I saw in the photo was not who I thought he was." She tried to turn the situation around and gain control by getting his information and taking it to police.
However, when she contacted police they advised that as she hadn't given away her money, they couldn't help.
This started what she thought was the beginning of a promising romance with a like-minded individual.
What happened is she has been left with a broken heart and a bad taste in her mouth after realising he was nothing more than a scammer.
Last Friday, July 22, she had five calls for help in one day.
Ronnie has shared her story in the hope other women will be protected from losing their hearts and possibly their bank balances to heartless thieves.
"It's hard to face up to the reality of the situation and realise that this person is only interested in your money." THE BEGINNING: How the romance started.
"It started off as a bit fun, but at the back of my mind I thought it would be great to find somebody.
"He said he had gone to the United Arab Emirates for a work related job.He could access 5 000 and was short 000," Ronnie said. "You develop a really close relationship with somebody when they get to know about your life.The relationship grows over time and this is how they draw you in.Hundreds of others, including many women who live on the Sunshine Coast, haven't been so lucky.IDCare Identity Security Counsellor Suli Malet-Warden said the business was dealing with about 20 calls each week from people across the country who were victims to online dating scams.