A woman has revealed the story of how she lost more than £113,000 to a Facebook fraudster during lockdown following an elaborate scam.

Rachel Elwell, 50, from Brownhills, West Midlands, says she is facing bankruptcy after becoming the latest victim of an increasingly popular online scam – ‘romance fraud‘.

The export manager was contacted by an ‘attractive’ and ‘intelligent’ man on Facebook at the start of 2021, and the pair struck up an instant connection.  

But after speaking for months and convincing her that he was being held captive in Eastern Europe and in desperate need of money, Ms Elwell sent the scammer tens thousands of pounds.

By April 1, 2021, Ms Elwell realised the magnitude of her problem after giving the fraudster nearly £113,000 and her world ‘came crashing down’. 

Rachel Elwell, 50, from Brownhills, West Midlands, lost £113,000 and is facing bankruptcy after an elaborate four month scam

Ms Elwell first started speaking to the…

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