A WOMAN conned out of her £133,000 life savings by her online date has warned it can happen to “anyone”.

Rachel Elwell, 50, became the victim of an elaborate online scam in January when she started speaking to a man she believed lived just 25 miles away from her home in Brownhills, West Midlands.

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Rachel Elwell has opened up about her scam hellCredit: Rex
Rachel’s nightmare began when she started speaking to a man named Bario

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Rachel’s nightmare began when she started speaking to a man named BarioCredit: Caters News Agency

She was then scammed into believing the man was kidnapped abroad and within three months he had convinced her to send him more than £100,000 to save his life.

Rachel said the ordeal has left her “depressed” and “facing financial ruin” as she appeared on ITV’s This Morning today.

She added: “I had been groomed by online predators who are very sophisticated, manipulative criminals.”

Rachel’s nightmare began when she started speaking to a man named Bario on January 1.

She met him through online dating…

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