How could a smart, professional, savvy woman in her 50's become brainwashed by a young cyber criminal on the other side of the planet, who persuades her to send him her life savings?
This shocking yet true story will have you on the edge of your seat as you learn the story of Linda Young's online love affair that nearly destroyed her life and the relationships she held dear.
When Linda's sister Shelley recruited "the squad" they launched a full-fledged investigation intent on unmasking the con artist Linda referred to as her 'King.' As Shelley delved into the world of online romance scams, it was nearly impossible to find advice or expertise that she could use to break the hold the King had on her sister. After a three-month investigation, hiring two private investigators, hacking into email accounts, visiting the FBI, and speaking with psychological experts, what Shelley and the Squad uncovered can now help your loved ones who may be in denial that their online romance could be putting them at grave risk.
¿Linda has since described her ordeal as "the worst thing that ever happened to me." She hopes to help others who've been targeted by scammers to know that strength, forgiveness, and hope exist in the aftermath. Shelley Frost and Linda Young are sisters, whose already rocky relationship was put to the test during the months that the King had his grips on Linda and her bank account. The nightmare they experienced through opposite viewpoints ended up strengthening their sisterhood and their love for each other. But it was a final piece of irrefutable evidence uncovered by the squad that finally lifted Linda from the fog of manipulation, causing a body blow to the King who was hell-bent on keeping his gold-mine Queen.
Shelley's passion for animals, family, fitness, and travel are only matched by the great pleasure she takes in storytelling. Shelley has been a guest on Oprah, featured in People Magazine and Dateline NBC among many others.
Shelley has worked as a professional videographer and video producer with Dick Clark Productions; taught drama and movie making to children in the San Francisco Bay Area; managed a nonprofit animal shelter, and was the founder and director of the Animal Film Festival. She has authored and co-authored five nonfiction books.
Prologue Money for Nothing 13
Chapter One Fired 15
Chapter Two Father Figures 27
Chapter Three Relationships 43
Chapter Four On Her Own 57
Chapter Five Love in a Hurry 71
Chapter Six My King, My Queen 77
Chapter Seven Her Best Friend 93
Chapter Eight The Policy of Honesty 99
Chapter Nine Friendly Fire 101
Chapter Ten A Fantasy Future 107
Chapter Eleven The Investigation Begins 111
Chapter Twelve Forming the Squad 123
Chapter Thirteen Hunting in the Dark 131
Chapter Fourteen Breaking News 141
Chapter Fifteen Confrontation 155
Chapter Sixteen A Secret Recording 161
Chapter Seventeen Visit to the FBI 167
Chapter Eighteen Unmasked 175
Chapter Nineteen Linda Speaks 187
List of Resources 205
About the Authors 211