Rebecca Lewis and Paul Rusher had been in a serious relationship for four years. In fact, he’d even proposed in July of 2012, and they were making plans to tie the knot. However, by October, Rebecca noticed a distinctive change in Paul, and she quickly learned why. Things took a turn for the worse when Paul developed a relationship with a woman he met online.
After just a few short weeks of conversing online, Paul went to his fiancée with a heartbreaking admission. He told her he was leaving her for a woman named Kristen White — so he thought. But when a devastated Rebecca decided to go online to get a glimpse of the woman taking her place, she made a harrowing discovery, and now her story has gone viral.
According to Mirror Online, Rebecca decided to do a little research on Paul’s new love interest and she discovered he had been duped by an online scammer. Rebecca discovered the Facebook account used to correspond with Paul was fake and that the photo of “Kristen White,” the fiancé’s beautiful blonde mistress, was also a fake.
The Facebook account was reportedly part of an online romance scam where scammers use stunning photos of Russian models to attract suitors. According to the Opposing Views, Kristen sent Paul a friend request, and the two communicated through Facebook Messenger at least ten times a day. Once the “relationship” is established, the beautiful woman begins asking for money. It has been reported that some victims have shelled out tens of thousands of dollars.
“I suspected Paul had been cheating on me, but I never thought he’d dump me for someone he hadn’t even met,” she explained. “I was heartbroken when I saw the messages from Kristen. It was a slap in the face, especially as they’d started talking so soon after Paul had proposed.”
After logging into Paul’s Facebook account, Rebecca was able to find their conversations. She quickly noticed a number of things about Kristen that seemed questionable. “She used several different numbers to contact Paul and when he asked her about the money she was due to come into, she insisted it was tied up in the shares of a Nigerian company. It was all a bit suspicious.”
Even after sending Kristen a message herself, she still received few answers, just a heartbreaking reminding of the decision Paul had made. So, Rebecca decided to dig a little deeper, hoping to find some type of personal information to verify Kristen’s identity. After conducting a simple Google search, she finally made the connection.
“I sent Kristen a message myself, but she replied telling me to leave her alone as Paul had chosen her. I was crushed, but one of my friends suggested Paul could have been the victim of a scam. I typed the words ‘romance scam’ into Google. A picture of Kristen popped up on the first page of results.”
Rebecca ended up showing the information to Paul, and he eventually admitted that she had already asked him for money — approximately $3,000, to be exact, reports AOL. He also admitted that he did plan to send her the money because he couldn’t wait to meet her in person. But, of course, he would have never gotten the opportunity to meet anyone once the funds were sent.
Surprisingly, Rebecca has actually decided to give Paul a second chance — even after such a big mistake. “Paul realized how much of an idiot he’d been and we slowly rebuilt our relationship,” she said. “My parents were horrified at first when I decided to get back with him as he’d put me through hell, but now we’re stronger than ever.”
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