"The story was getting more and more bizarre," she says.
"But I hung on and kept communicating because I wanted to see the end of the movie." The ending came as no surprise to experts on romance scams.
The People Brazilians are friendly and free-spirited, with an incredible zest for life. Predominantly Roman Catholic (73%), families are large and often include extended family members.
Family, educational and socioeconomic backgrounds are important to Brazilians.
"When some 25-year-old girl is telling you that she's in love with you, you have to wonder why," he says. If a 25-year-old model is contacting a 50-year-old man, there's something wrong." Scammers look for vulnerable populations -- women and men in their 50s and 60s who are divorced or widowed and may feel rejected or past their prime.