She ended up giving away £4,000 before she discovered she was the victim of an elaborate scam based in Nigeria.

He said a payment had to be made right away in order for them to get the goods he needed from a supplier - and that he couldn't make the transaction from Afghanistan.

She recalled: 'As I was showing prospective buyers around my house I was so excited as Glen was due to be coming home tomorrow.

I couldn't help telling them all about it and showed them Glen's picture on my laptop.' Sheila was sent this picture by 'Glen', who she believed was a medic in the Canadian Navy based in Afghanistan.

Claiming to be a military man is a common ruse used by scammers as it makes them attractive to women and provides a plausible explanation as to why they are unable to meet He said they would send the woman a picture of a handsome man they would 'fall for' and concoct a back story about their life.

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He said they often pretended to have a military background as this is attractive to women and gives them a plausible reason why they can't meet.

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