Ian Doney, 51, died penniless after fraudsters targeted his lonely heart pleas to get his savings.
The lifelong singleton had excitedly changed his Facebook status to ‘in a relationship’ after paying for flight tickets for an online date he believed was his girlfriend to fly to the UK.
The lowly-paid shop worker had even resorted to starving himself so he could afford to meet the incessant demands for funds being made by his online ‘partner’.
This scheme is becoming one of the worst crimes in American history since these criminals prey on the elderly’s good nature and kindness.Others lost proportions of their pension and another took out an equity release on his house.Others praised the criminal's keen business sense and lamented her capture, with one person writing "You call her fraudster I call her entrepreneur." Akintaro pleaded guilty to seven counts of fraud at Woolwich Crown Court on June 12, and will be sentenced at the same court on June 20.READ MORE: Online dating fraudster Grace Akintaro from Woolwich scams 7 men out of over £100,000 Akintaro, 24, of Pettacre Close, used the alias Amanda Jenson to scam men on the online dating service Match.She would repeatedly ask her would-be lovers for money for travel costs followed by excuses why she couldn't see them.When a Woolwich fraudster who scammed seven men out of more than £100,000 in online dating schemes was convicted, there was a lot of reaction on social media.