A man calling himself "John" messaged her and through daily phone calls and messages on Facebook, he gained her trust.
However, due to the distance and Edward's paranoia, he was unwilling to make the trip over to New York.
This meant our contact there was unable to arrest him, due to Edward living in Massachusetts.
To illustrate that, this isn't just a note about our 600th conviction, but rather that we're shooting beyond 600 with two convictions scheduled to be posted each week until mid-June. We've been getting convictions now since our first... If you'd like to help us push towards 700, swing by our forums and say hello on our discord.
We're taking volunteers for every position, from chat contributor to content creator to phone verifier and all that jazz.
The victims reported collective losses of $50.4 million, which is likely only a fraction of the actual losses since many victims are too embarrassed to file a report, the FBI said.
About 70% of the victims were female; more than half were women 40 years or older.
For example, online gamers are likely to use text abbreviations not used by a financial blogger.
Most people will only know a dozen or so general text abbreviations and a few more that are used by people with similar interests online.
Text abbreviations and emoticons are also popular when people send messages on mobile phones.