More than $450,000, he said, is now believed to be offshore, and police said the woman was "defrauded of her life savings and possessions." In 2016, roughly 750 people across Canada lost more than $17 million to scammers pretending to be in love, RCMP data shows. "Typically, the higher the trust level, the more money lost," the police force notes.
Some scammers pretend to be business people, while others impersonate soldiers stationed overseas.
But if the woman starts (in an early state) with questions concerning money, for any kind of reason, than you have to be careful and you have to analyze if these questions has anything to do with the situation you and your correspondent are aware of.
Try to find out if her letters to you are very personal and don't look like standard generated letters.
It's you who has to make the choices, but making the wrong choice can cost you a lot of money.