She sent him passport pictures, told him she had spoken about their future to her family and even started to call him "husband"."You are my loved man and I don't want to lose you," she reminded him constantly.But Aleksandra repeated her requests that Dave transfer money to pay for her visa and half her airfare so she could travel to Australia and arrive at "the day when our dreams and desires become real".
Ms Rickard said it was important for people who had been duped by such a scam to both report it and tell their story."We know that when other victims hear victims telling their stories, that is when the penny starts to drop," she said."The more people stand up and talk about it, the better it is for other people."Do you think you may have been scammed?It was a mere two weeks before Aleksandra's emails swung in a more intimate direction, peppered with loving endearments and declarations of their future together.A smitten Dave began to make plans, discussing travelling to Russia to see her — but he also had his doubts.Colombian brides want to be treated with love and respect and want their husbands to feel proud of them.They regard foreigners as more loyal, devoted and better husbands in comparison to Colombian men.Other members can send email when they find your profile on the site.Although receiving emails from other members comes with the free initial membership, you will be able to respond and start an email conversation with the other members only when you’ve upgraded your membership.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?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.