Once isolated from their support network, romance fraudsters try to make their victims emotionally dependent on them, creating a power imbalance. Often, this happens without the victim realising, leading to a sense of blame.
Just imagine – you communicate concern about your relationship to your family and you are accused of being disloyal for doing so. You are made to apologise. Fuelled by guilt, you agree to help your partner financially, with a feeling that you are still in charge when (blinded by promises of a better future) you are anything but.