She was in the midst of divorcing her husband of 14 years; his legal woes (including arrests for benefits fraud and making a false bomb report) had strained their marriage.
Anxious about her future as an older single woman, Elrod lapped up the kind words about her looks—too few men seemed to appreciate her soft chin, wavy hair, and prominent brown eyes.
She discovered that message in March 2011, 20 months before opening her First Community account, while cleaning out her junk-strewn “Other” mailbox during a respite at a Charlotte mall.
The missive caught her eye because of the sender’s handsome profile photo, which showed a middle-aged man with a ruddy face, strong black eyebrows, and a welcoming gaze.
His name was Duke Gregor.“How beautiful is your picture Audrey,” the message read.
“My name is Duke, I am from Aberdeen do you know where? I have a son named Kevin and by the Grace of God I will meet that someone again.”The typical Facebook user would likely recognize such a note as bait, but Elrod was in a place in her life that made her vulnerable to such flattery.
She would then return on subsequent days to make additional four-figure withdrawals until the account was nearly empty.
As soon as Elrod would exit First Community with a bundle of and 0 bills in her purse, she’d hang a right and walk across the parking lot to Ridgeview Plaza, a vast and featureless shopping mall surrounded by scraggly woods.
Still, I’m excited for what’s to come in 2014 — including the L word. My ego will just have to sulk in the corner and deal with the rejection alone. When he asks you to send him more photos before your first date, he’s not sure if he’s attracted to you.
If your online date isn’t facing you, or he isn’t touching your arm from time to time and showing any affection, he’s not that into you. He should be mesmerized, not have a look of boredom on his face. I checked out his profile and was interested, so I replied.
Over the course of one December week, for example, almost ,000 arrived from Norway; on January 2, someone in France sent ,977.
Elrod never let this money linger: She always showed up at the bank a few hours after a transfer cleared, to withdraw as much as ,500 in cash.