“I was stupid, I was all these bad things. But you need to think about how you would feel if you were going through what I was going through.”
Despite being a victim to this crime, she was able to recover most of the £500,000 lost from the bank.
Overall, she managed to get back £345,000 from her bank due to the fact they admitted to not contacting the police initially once they realised something was wrong.
“I didn’t realise I was being scammed,” she explained. “If you’re going through grief, It’s like a mental trauma, so you don’t understand.
“Even if you’re somebody that’s looking for love, you’re still going through a form of grief, because you want to stop being alone.”
In a statement, NatWest told Rip Off Britain: “As a bank, we take our responsibilities to our customers very seriously.
“We will try to prevent them from experiencing this sort of financial loss and emotional manipulation.
“We will always try to break the spell of the scammers, but unfortunately, in this case, despite our efforts, we were unable to convince our customer that she was being scammed.”