He spoke with what she thought was a British accent and his picture on Facebook portrayed a nice-looking man with graying hair and a beard.
Scammers take advantage of people looking for romantic partners, often via dating websites, apps or social media by pretending to be prospective companions.
But in the last decade or so, the game of looking for love has gotten some new rules, with the venue moving from the bar world to the the cyber world.
Instead of men searching for the right verbal approach, many now search for the right photo to put on their profile page.
They have even been known to telephone their victims as a first introduction.
Sh'reen Morrison had been on an online dating site for only a few weeks before she realized that something was seriously wrong with the man who had been actively pursuing her by text message and email.
Then the daughter became ill and had to be hospitalized.
She filled out a questionnaire and carefully crafted her profile.
It would have been easy to burnish the truth, but she presented herself honestly, from her age (57) and hobbies ("dancing, rock collecting") to her financial status ("self sufficient").
"Because a victim has legitimate feelings, they might be inclined to offer financial support for this person." For Best, it all started when she signed up for a free online dating site called mingle2.
A man calling himself "John" messaged her and through daily phone calls and messages on Facebook, he gained her trust.