A devastated woman was scammed by a man claiming to be Outlander star Sam Heughan and planned to leave her husband for him.
The 54-year-old even discussed buying a house with the fraudster after becoming the latest victim of a cruel internet con which the Scots actor has previously warned fans about.
She claims she became convinced the Dumfries and Galloway born heart-throb was going to buy a house in the Netherlands so he could spend more time with her.
And she planned to visit the man she thought was Heughan in Scotland once Covid-19 travel restrictions were relaxed.
Sandra, who only wants to be known by her first name, told Edinburgh Live that she began messaging the imposter around six weeks ago after receiving a request on Instagram.
She said: “It all started when I posted a comment on a photo on Sam Heughan’s Instagram. After that I got a request to chat. It looked real, and I was not aware of the scam, so I accepted of course.
“He seemed really interested in me. We chatted for a while and then he sent me a selfie. I was convinced it was really him as I hadn’t seen that photo anywhere else on social media.
“We had a heartfelt chat and I really fell for him. I told him I was married and 56-years-old but he didn’t mind which was surprising for me.
“We spoke on Instagram, and we tried to do a video hangout call but it didn’t work so we went to telegram and started sending messages there. He would say things like he is always thinking of me, and I fell for it.
“We arranged that we would meet in Scotland after the pandemic was over, but he didn’t want to wait. He then said he wanted to buy a house in Holland so he could be near me.”
Hello, my love. I wrote you this letter so that you know how deeply you have touched my heart. In the few short while that we met, you have been so wonderful and awesome.
Your love which you have showed to me has proven beyond wife love rather is a love any lovely and caring woman will have for her child.
You have taken the time to want to know me, inside and out, honestly and truly.
You made it easy for me to open myself up again, and that allowed me to meet the most honest, loving, beautiful woman in the world.
You have been able to bring out the best in me. You stir up my most passionate, loving emotions. You opened my eyes so that I could see true love, and all that the perfect relationship should embody, all that the perfect woman should embody.
Sandra, you are my perfect woman. Sometimes I lie in bed at night, sleepless, restless, and alone with my thoughts of life without you. I think about how we will be together soon, in a better place, a place where nothing can harm you, a place where you will know nothing but peace and happiness.
I take comfort in that.
The con artist said that Sandra’s help would be needed in purchasing the house, and it all had to be done anonymously.
As a result he claimed he would send a suitcase containing £2million to his new love interest, and at this point the alarm bells began ringing.
We met by chance, but I know that day was destiny. When we first talked, I knew we will become great friends. And when we became friends, I realized that I was in love with you. Now, I promise you that as long as I live, I will always love you.
When you are here with me, living on earth feels like heaven. I know that I do not need heaven as long as I am with you.
Babe, you are my lucky charm. My love for you will never end, and I mean these words. It is eternal and unstoppable, and if it ever changes, it will only change for the better. For me, you are only mine, and you will always be mine deep in my heart.
If I was asked what love means for me, I would not even hesitate – I would reply in just one world. For me love is you.
Sandra added: “He said money wasn’t an object as he was rich, so I helped him look for houses and sent him some pictures. He wanted to buy it anonymous so people wouldn’t know about it, and said he needed my help.
“When he asked to put it through on my account and I said no, he said he was going to send the money – £2million – by courier. I couldn’t believe that but I was sent pictures of the money loaded into a suitcase. When I was told I had to pay £550 to get the package through I became suspicious.
“I confided in my employer as I trust him with everything. He always gives me good advice, and he suggested it could be a scam.
“After that I blocked everything – all of the chats we had so they couldn’t contact me again.”
Sandra says that the ordeal has caused problems between herself and her husband, and left her completely devastated.
She said: “I was heartbroken as I had fallen in love with Sam. I totally fell for it. All of it.
“I didn’t lose any money, like the other lady, but I had to tell my husband and he was really not happy. We’ve had to do a lot of talking since, and renew our marriage.
“This isn’t in the news so much so I want to warn people about it. I read the story about the other woman in New York and thought it would be good to talk about what happened to me.
“There will be other women out there who have had the same messages, so I want to warn them about how these scams operate.”
Earlier this week it was reported how a New Yorker lost her life savings after being convinced to hand over £34,000 to a man posing as Heughan.
The Jamie Fraser hunk previously released a statement on social media warning of fake accounts and said a number of unnamed individuals conducted a hate campaign against him, which included trying to hack his email and personal accounts.
The actor added that he had wrongly been accused of “trying to mislead or extort fans for money”.