He says he’s single, honest and looking for love – just like you, in fact.
" He wrote on June 1, after asking Kabak if she would "make this official, lets (sic) go out".
Michael even spoke at length to Kabak's granddaughter, who she is raising, urging the youngster to "look after grandma".
Weeks later he was promised marriage "and to buy a house with a swimming pool". He was not able to bank his pay; he had to pawn his watch; he had malaria; he needed money to break his work contract or he would be away for a year. She was convinced to send him money, not through her bank, but through Money Gram, a payment service, which cannot be easily traced.
Only the last, and largest payment, was through First Rand Bank, for an account based in Pretoria.
In the end I only asked him a couple," the relation said.
When Michael was asked about the address of a property he claimed to own in Auckland, he said he would tell Sally, who would pass the information on."That was a massive red flag, he didn't even know the address of his own place."The family member of Kabak said she was simply wanting to find love."She's quite lonely, having lost her husband, and she's pretty desperate to find a mate, and I think that clouded her judgement."ANOTHER KIWI WOMAN MAY HAVE BEEN FOOLED BY THE SAME PHOTOSPhotos Kabak showed, supposedly of Michael, quickly led to a business owner in Canada.
According to police, such fraud increased by 16 per cent in 2014-15, with recorded losses of more than £33 million.
Judith Lathlean, a 67-year-old, Oxford-educated professor, made headlines in December last year when she courageously revealed how she had paid £140,000 to a man she met on a dating site (but never met face to face).
A close relation, who asked not to be named, said they tried to warn her.
Eventually, in a bid to placate concerns, "Michael", Kabak's supposed beau, said he was willing to speak to the relation."I had a whole list of questions I wanted to ask him.
Contacted on Friday, Staaf said the photos were up to 15 years old, taken mostly from his own online dating photos.