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The woman he developed a 10-month relationship with was the fictional creation of a team of professional scammers in Ghana.
Rob tells me with a laugh, "I've written a song, ' I married a porn star and only got screwed, never got laid.'" It's certainly one of those laugh-or-you-cry situations: He's getting that money back -- and Rob is just one of thousands who have fallen prey to this online racket.
"Scammers search chat rooms, dating sites, and social networking sites looking for victims," warns the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center.
"The principal group of victims is over 40 years old and divorced, widowed, elderly, or disabled, but all demographics are at risk." The perpetrators investigate the target by doing a Google search on their name and scouring their online profiles.Then he got a request for yet more money, an unexpected declaration fee."Like a fool, I went and sent my last 2,3000 dollars," he said.In total, he sent more than ,000 to a woman in Ghana who did not really exist.He's a victim of what's called "love fraud." The looker in the photos was actually porn star Raven Riley.Her ticket out was to marry him, she said, and she knew a travel agent who could arrange for a local ceremony -- with someone else standing in as him -- a Canadian visa and her airplane flight.