Two members of a gang said to be Nigerians are facing jail after posing as internet lovers to con £1.6 million from one woman believed to be British.
The two, Ife Ojo, 31, and Olusegun Agbaje, 43, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud a vulnerable woman.
They conned the victim, a woman in her 40s from Hillingdon, west London, into handing over the fortune to a cover man with a fake name.
The pair are said to have strategically used the details found in notorious book 'The Game' by Neill Strauss, which focuses on how to get the upper hand in relationships, to create the profile of one Anderson, a divorced engineer.
The woman was made to believe she was helping her lover to pay for a ‘specialist machine’ for his job and also help him relocate inheritance money from Africa.
The woman told Metropolitan police in January that usually the so-called Anderson would profess his love to her via email and said he would use the inheritance to set up a life with her.
Over the period of nine months, March and December, 2014, during which the victim wired money to Anderson, her lover; she questioned the authenticity of his pleas, but she was provided with falsified documents or excuses.
He would sometimes call the victim insecure when she questioned all of the outgoing cash.
He once said to her:
The victim is said to have travelled to an office in Amsterdam on one occasion and met with a man called "Dr Spencer" to pay a £113,000 fee for a non-existent "anti-terrorist certificate" so that cash could be deposited into a bank.
The victim paid the £1.6 million into numerous bank accounts, including £35,000 which was transferred into the personal accounts of Ojo, a student from Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, and Agbaje, an admin assistant from Hornchurch, Essex.
When the pair were arrested together and their houses were searched, the police found a laptop containing records of the conversations with Anderson, a memento poetry book thought to be a gift from another victim as well as the book, "The Game".
The police are continuing their enquiries as they seek other members of the gang and try to identify other victims.
Meanwhile, George Kidd, Chief Executive of the Online Dating Association, has added his voice to the sad development and said: