Through subtle manipulation, the fraudster encouraged Ms Parke to pay up.
Though hesitant, she eventually made the transfers and went on to send a further £44,500 to Mr Cole for various travel costs, accommodation, and to help him with his business.
One includes the scammer telling the victim that they don't have enough annual leave left to come and visit them but that they can buy some from their employer.
• Never send money or give credit card or online account details to anyone you don’t know and trust.
• Communicate with people locally and not from overseas, although you should be aware that someone might tell you they are in the same country as you when they are not.
“Look at your opening letter to women,” says dating expert Dr. “Make sure it’s personal and includes comments specifically about her profile, what you like about it, why you contacted her (other than that picture of her in a bathing suit), and why she should want to get to know you.” Has your profile been up for a while and not getting much play?
“Take an objective look,” says dating columnist April Masini.
In the online-dating world, many guys are guilty of the same behavior, pinging every available female within 500 miles and a 20-year age range.
Remember, if you take the time to locate someone truly compatible, the odds of receiving a response shoot way up.If you think something feels wrong, it probably is.• Always guard your privacy online and be careful about what information you share.• Never reply to communications from someone who you meet on a dating site/chat room or social networking website that then wants continue the communication by email.• If you think a profile is fake, check the website for details on reporting it.In July, the average payout was as high as £10,882.