A US engineer whose online claims didn't turn out to be true have left a Gothenburg woman out of pocket and brokenhearted, and one of dozens of Swedish women who have fallen victim to an increasingly common online dating scam.
Sara, a 37-year-old woman from Gothenburg, thought she was in love with a US engineer based in New York.
After she came into contact with the smooth-talking man on popular Swedish dating site Happy Pancake, she fell head over heels for his sweet messages and constant emails.
Even though the man refused to show his face online and didn't speak with an American accent, she didn't even consider that the engineer who had stolen her heart was actually building a trap. I woke up every morning with a message from him saying 'Hello sweety, missing you' or 'Thinking of you'.
And he signed off every mail with 'Yours forever'," Sara told the Expressen newspaper.
She even sent him 2,000 kronor (2) when he claimed his credit cards wouldn't work and was in need of cash quickly.
When the pair finally decided to meet in Stockholm, Sara booked a hotel room and was excited to finally meet her mystery man.
Now I realized that the man in the pictures had nothing to do with it and that I had fallen for a Nigerian fraud." While Sara may have only lost 2,000 kronor, some dignity, and a potential American husband, she is not the only person to have come in contact with a heartbreaking hoaxer.Swedish dating site Happy Pancake has since warned users of the risks involved with online dating."We're giving even clearer information and are warning for such instances of fraud.We are going to make a new menu tab that we'll label 'safety'," Sebastian Malmberg, head of marketing at Happy Pancake, told the paper.