During the pandemic, many people have been lonely and vulnerable, leading to a rise in online sweetheart scams. But when a stranger reached out to Patti Gouff on Instagram, her instincts told her the would-be Romeo was just too good to be true. For weeks, Gouff recorded her conversations with a man who sent photos and said he was falling in love. Then came the big ask: a $5,000 loan. These sweetheart scams are not at all far-fetched; thousands fall for them. But who was the man in the pictures?