A 68-year-old woman is £18,000 ($23,000) out of pocket after falling for a Ghanian toyboy who moved back to the UK with her.
Beth Haining said she had 'magical' sex with her lover, who was 30 years her junior, after she met him on social media.
She lent him £2,000 ($2,500) to buy some music equipment, which he promised to pay back. They then talked about meeting in real life and she flew out to meet him in 2015.
Beth said: "He picked me up and gave me a peck on the cheek, but in the car, he gave me a full-on kiss which gave me butterflies.
"I realised then we weren't just going to be friends and that night we had sex.
"We spent all our time together, eating out and drinking, meeting all his friends. He always had his arm around me and was kissing me. He couldn't do enough for me."
He arranged a surprise wedding, and although she thought it was too soon, she felt she couldn't say no.
But things turned sour after he moved back to the UK with her, and Beth said the man who once gave her butterflies turned moody and sulky.
She claimed he would complain about the food and weather in the UK, adding that he was unimpressed when she asked him to paint her living room.
Following a series of rows, Beth said she eventually refused to renew his visa and provided him with the funds to return home - including taxi fare to the airport.
She said: "I've been a stupid old woman who should know better.
"He told me I was beautiful and that he loved me, but he lied to me and used me. I had just sold my house when we met and had some savings.
"I fell for him and thought he was genuine. I thought this was my dream romance coming true and I lavished him with attention and gifts. I paid for everything, and we spoke about starting businesses together as I wanted us to be happy.
"And we had the most amazing time in Ghana, it was magical. He couldn't do enough for me. We had sex in the morning, at lunchtime and in the evening - it was at least three times a day every day."
Beth continued: "He got a job in a packing factory as I said I didn't have enough money to pay for everything. But he said, 'How can you be broke when you're British?' He thought this was the land of milk and honey.
"It was a rude awakening when he saw the reality of British life and living with me. He was a completely different person - he was either shouting or sulking for days at a time."
Beth said that her friends and family didn't like him, and when they visited he would go to another room.
She added: "I wanted to make it work but eventually I realised it was all a lie.
"I keep asking myself how could I have been so stupid as to be taken in by him.
"I thought it could never happen to me. My job for years was doing risk assessments with criminals and so I thought I could never be duped by a man.
"But I fell for it all, and realise it was all lie. I was a silly old woman who fell for the Mills and Boon chat by a good-looking, younger man from Africa, but he just wanted me for my money.
"I've cried for a year over all this and put on four stone. Now I just need that divorce to come through and to get on with my life without him."Featured Image Credit: Triangle News
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