Unusually for someone her age, Aleksandra had no Facebook, Twitter or Instagram accounts.
She sent dozens of pictures of her eating cake, dressed in a bathrobe, lying chastely on the bed, always dressed in white.
Once the emotional attachment is strong, the scammer claims misfortune in some manner - a car accident, a mugging, a hospital in-patient, loss of wallet and paperwork, money needed for their business, sick mother, sick child needs medical bills paid, birthday gifts, tuition fees or their hotel was burnt down with all their paperwork and belongings now destroyed.
They will appear forlorn and encourage the victim to help them financially by making a money transfer through one of the major money movers like Western Union or Money Gram and ask that it be kept quiet for fear of embarrassment to the victims family upon meeting them.
Included with the email was a copy of her passport, showing her name, address and photograph.
Despite his concerns, in February Dave went to his Mount Gambier bank branch to make a transfer of 0 to Aleksandra but he was stopped by a bank employee who told him bluntly she believed he was being scammed.