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14-Oct-2017 13:01

On the basis of just these scant facts, it seems incredible that a well-educated, successful and responsible woman would even consider handing over her life-savings to an apparent stranger – and yet chilling details from the trial hint at the sophisticated brainwashing involved.

Based on the secret techniques of pick-up artists, the book contains step-by-step instructions on how to ensnare a victim, such as ‘Select a Target’, ‘Isolate the Target’, ‘Create an Emotional Connection’ and ‘Blast Last-Minute Resistance’.

According to police, such fraud increased by 16 per cent in 2014-15, with recorded losses of more than £33 million.

Judith Lathlean, a 67-year-old, Oxford-educated professor, made headlines in December last year when she courageously revealed how she had paid £140,000 to a man she met on a dating site (but never met face to face).

Sometimes they confront the fraudster, whose response is: “I was scamming you, but while I did, I fell in love with you,” and it continues.This helps remove you from real life and allows them to take up more space in your head.