Internet bride scam victim home safe:
A SOUTH Australian farmer held hostage in Africa for 12 days in an internet bride scam has returned home, saying he's lucky to be alive.
Horrific ordeal ... Des Gregor has warned people about finding love on the internet after being held hostage in Africa in an online bride scam.
Mr Gregor travelled to the landlocked west African nation of Mali last month to meet his supposed bride and collect a dowry of $100,000 in gold.
But on his July 27 arrival, he was kidnapped by an organised scam gang, beaten, stripped, had his cash and credit cards taken, and was held hostage at an apartment in Bamako, the capital of the third world country.
The wheat and sheep farmer was told he would have his limbs hacked off with a machete unless he arranged a $100,000 ransom.