Online dating made this woman a pawn in a global crime plot
According to police who investigate online romantic cons, the scams follow a surprisingly consistent arc. Here’s how swindles typically unfold:
1. The Bait
2. The Grooming Phase
3. The Gift
4. The Crisis
5. The Bleed
Audrey Elaine Elrod is a woman who was duped into falling for a man online. She is now serving a 52-month sentence after pleading guilty to structuring and conspiracy to commit wire fraud.