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"It is incredibly resource-intensive and requires cooperation with overseas agencies to catch just one person," she said."In terms of the amount of romance scams out there, catching one would have very little impact."Ms Rickard said reporting scams to Scamwatch helped the organisation form an understanding of the size of the problem, devote resources to the issue and develop educational campaigns to warn the public.
Martin's profile said that he was an Australian, but stationed in Ghana as an aid worker. Martin's photo showed that he was attractive, well-dressed but not too formal. Martin's interests were not very specific but of a type that fitted with Jessica's own, namely sports and other outdoor activities.
Investigators say there could be more victims that have not been identified.
The fraud utilized the infamous "visa and airfare" scheme: Mc Coy and his wife Anna were posing as Russian women seeking marriage and a non-existing Russian marriage agency that would provide women with visas and tickets.