She parted with £175,000 pounds of life savings with the promise of a safe investment. But tonight a pensioner from Winchester says she's ashamed to show her face after becoming one of hundreds of victims of an international phone scam.
The con artists tricked people into buying £15 million worth of fake shares - providing themselves with a luxury lifestyle of fast cars, designer watches and multi-million pound properties.
More than 100 suspected fraudsters are now being held by police who believe at least 850 victims were targeted. But as Sarah Cooper reports, police think that's just the tip of the iceberg.
Hampshire Constabulary have charged five men and one woman in connection with an alleged dating website scam.
Emmanuel Oko, aged 29
Brooke Boston, aged 28
Monty Emu, aged 28
Eberechi Ekpo, aged 26
Chukwuka Ugwu, aged 28
Adewunmi Nusi, aged 26
All are from Southsea, expect from Adewunmi Nusi who is from Hermitage in Berkshire.
They have all been charged with conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation and are due before magistrate at Basingstoke Magistrates Court today.
Detective Constable Darrin Carey said, "These charges come following a lengthy investigation into an alleged scam where women were asked to hand over significant amounts of cash after meeting men on the match.com website.
"Alleged victims in this case are from the Basingstoke area, across Hampshire."
A pensioner has told ITV Meridian how she spent more than two hundred thousands pounds on postal scams - one of the worst cases Trading Standards has ever seen.
Seventy-six year-old Sylvia Kneller, from Farnham in Surrey was bombarded by letters promising prizes. She responded because they were written directly to her - and she thought they were genuine. But the only intention was to rip her off. Andrew Pate reports.
Hampshire Police are investigating a number of incidents where shoppers have been distracted in supermarket car parks so bank cards and personal items can be stolen from their cars.
The offender and an accomplice use different methods to distract the victim, including asking for directions, telling the victim they have a nail in their tyre and asking if people have dropped money.
The stolen cards are then used to withdraw money or buy items, often before the victim realises.
Crime prevention advisor Graeme Barbour said, "These people are knowingly preying on people's goodwill and helpful nature and are intentionally targeting lone shoppers at supermarkets, causing a distraction which allows another member of the group to commit the theft."
Tips to keep your items safe:
Never leave your bag on the trolley unattended and always ensure your bag is zipped up
When putting your shopping in the boot of your vehicle, always ensure your bag/wallet is with you
If asked for directions or to look at maps/items etc, ensure you lock personal items in the vehicle first
When filling up with fuel, lock your vehicle when re-fuelling and when you go to pay
If you are approached by anyone suspicious, report it to the Police as soon as possible.
Kent County Council Trading Standards have been made aware of a business telephoning residents in the Ashford area offering the householder a free burglar alarm.
Officers say the caller seems to know a lot of information about the people they call and ask questions about their security arrangements. The business also claims that their product is endorsed by the Police. It is not usual practice for the Police to give such products their endorsement.
Kent Trading Standards does not recommend agreeing to any work following a cold call. Few jobs are so urgent that they need immediate action. Previous experience is that burglar alarms that are offered for free or at a low price often have a maintenance and monitoring contract attached to them which is not free and can, in some instances, be both expensive and last several years