Alexander Maximilian Kresbach is known to use at least eight aliases to form relationships with vulnerable women, then persuade them to give or lend him money before disappearing.
He has spent several years of his life in prison because of this behaviour. Most recently, he was arrested in a bridal fashion shop.
The 51-year-old had been trawling dating websites for new victims, said the Office of Criminal Investigation in Lower Austria. His favourite target are academic professionals, said investigators.
One teacher thought that she had found the love of her life and lost €400,000. She met the suave swindler when he was on a day pass from prison and even stuck with him when he was convicted again.
She said at the time: "I have written him letters and hope that he will be released again."
But now the 49-year-old mother of two children from Lower Austria says her life has been ruined. She said: "I do not have a house any more, I don't know how I will carry on."
Kresbach is so persuasive that he even got cellmates to give him money to pay for top lawyers.
As well as the teacher victim, another six women have lost hundreds of thousands of euros to him, and he is currently awaiting trial yet again in the western Austrian state of Tyrol.
Story courtesy of Central European News.