You might think it can’t happen to you, but can you be sure?
Jan believed she was ‘in love’. She accepted a proposal of marriage, and then sent money - ALL her money - to a professional scammer.
She courageously shares the details of her devastating experience, in order to help others to recognise such devious swindlers who prey on trusting souls.
Jan is one of the rare few survivors of a romance scam who has the courage to speak up, and she does - loudly, eloquently and frequently in her latest book Romance Scam Survivor: the whole sordid story!
“How could you give money to someone you’ve never met?”
That’s the first question most people ask.
In just a few months, Jan believed she was ‘in love’. She accepted a proposal of marriage, and then sent money – ALL her money – to a professional scammer.
How did it happen? How can an intelligent person be so thoroughly scammed?
Jan courageously shares the details of her devastating experience, in order to help others recognise such devious swindlers who prey on trusting souls, and maybe even to catch this thief.
You might think it can’t happen to you, or someone you love, but can you be sure?
The work is a non-fiction account and memoir covering the communication between herself and the scammer, based on her records of their communications. By sharing the personal and intimate nature of the interactions it asks the reader to put themselves in her shoes, and in response, the question “how could you be so stupid?” is answered. It details the process of dealing emotionally with the scam and the financial difficulties that she found herself in afterwards. It is a story of her process through being a victim to becoming a survivor. Areas that need change are also addressed. Some support resources and links are also provided, though this is not the main purpose.
“Jan Marshall is a vital voice in the discourse on romance fraud.”
Dr Cassandra Cross, Cyber Frauds, Scams and their Victims.
I applaud and respect your honesty – it must have been extraordinarily challenging to relive the experience, and I salute you for it. It’s a high emotional impact book.
I began reading Romance Scam Survivor: the whole sordid story and have been compelled to continue. My heart is breaking for you as I am amazed by your strength.
This is more than a memoir. It has great honesty and openness and contains much useful research and advice.
A friend and editor