Cover image: Wagin woman, Jette Jacobs, 67, has been found dead in a South African villa after meeting her online lover. (Source:news.com.au)
A WEST Australian woman who went to South Africa to find love has been found dead in her rented villa in a suspected romance scam.
The body of Jette Jacobs, 67, of Wagin, was found in her rented Johannesburg villa by police on February 9.
Ms Jacobs had travelled from Wagin, about 200km south-east of Perth, on November 22 last year to visit a Nigerian man she was having a relationship with on the internet.
Her death is being investigated by local police.
According to WA Police, it is the first such WA death as a consequence of an online scam.
Ms Jacobs, a widow with six grandchildren, lost her husband in 2002 and her subsequent partner in 2009.
She then met a man purporting to be “Jesse Orowo Omokoh” from Nigeria on a dating website and they had regular contact over a four year period.
Ms Jacobs had sent at least $80,000 to Nigeria during this time and met the man known as Jesse during a visit to Johannesburg in 2010 without incident.
During her last visit, Ms Jacobs was to meet Jesse for a second time but he said he could not get a visa to join her immediately.
A letter from Project Sunbird was sent to Ms Jacobs warning that she may be a victim of fraud, but it arrived shortly after she had left Australia.
Project Sunbird is a joint operation between WA Police and Consumer Protection that tracks large amounts of money being sent from WA to West African countries and attempts to warn the senders that they could be victims of relationship fraud.
WA Police and Ms Jacobs’ son believe she may have died in suspicious circumstances, with her money, credit cards, jewellery, laptop computer and other personal items missing from the villa.
Detective Senior Constable Robert Martin from the Major Fraud Squad today said such scams had now revealed “tragic consequences”.
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