True love doesn't work this way.
After posting her profile on an internet dating site, a 50-year-old Lee County woman got a response from a man who claimed to be an American businessman working as an Investor in a Ghana Gold Mine Association, according to a news release from the Lee County Sheriff's Office.
The man sent her red roses and things quickly heated up into an online romance.
Apparently the one thing he must have reallly loved about her was her money, as things got a bit thorny fairly fast.
The scammer somehow convinced the woman to loan him money to invest in a mining business which would be paid back in monthly installments, according to the report.
In return for her money the scammer sent the woman fake promissory notes and other fraudulent documents.
As months passed and the 'relationship' blossomed, the scammer reportedly asked the woman to send money to bank accounts located in Accra, Ghana -- as well as clothing, luggage, jewelry and very expensive electronic devices.
Within six months, the woman was out of nearly $450,000, according to the Sheriff's Office.
And here's the real heart-breaker: The chances of thiswoman recovering her money are now nearly impossible since she wired the money and mailed the packages to a location outside of the United States, the release stated.