About sharing image captionPolice believe "Marcelo's" profile photograph was stolen from an innocent man's social media The of people defrauded in the UK by online dating scams reached a record high inthe Victoria Derbyshire programme has learned.
Action Fraud, the UK's cyber-crime reporting centre, says it receives more than reports of such scams a month. Nancy - not her real name - is 47, and a single mother from North Yorkshire, who runs her own business.
Inafter her marriage broke down, she ed up to dating site Match. After a few days she made contact with someone calling himself Marcelo from Aurora sex chats, an attractive Italian derbyshife was working in Turkey, with whom she had "a rapport and similar values". The two began exchanging messages from morning till night.
He also said his son was in hospital and needed surgery. In some ways I'm not sure I'll ever recover from that. Both figures then rose the following year to chat plantation women record highs.
They're in West Africa, Eastern Europe and it's very difficult for British law enforcement to take action against them in those jurisdictions. She matched with a man calling himself John Porter from London, who said he was an interior deer.
He said that he too was a Christian, and his profile emphasised chat live with ladies and trust. Dxting he contacted Ms Lathlean from what he said was a business trip in South Africa, claiming he had lost his passport and saying he would lose a contract as a result.
He asked her to go and release it, and she agreed. I didn't think anything of it. I got a so-called receipt for the money I took as a management fee. deerbyshire
They had an answer for everything. Parship said its security systems are constantly scanning for fake profiles, but added that in this case "communication was switched very quickly to outside the protected Parship platform, so the blocking facilities did not manage to prevent further contact with the scammer".
Prof Monica Whitty, a cyber-psychologist, says it is "not derbysshire case that stupid people fall for romance scams - they can be very clever". They use to send poetry, they use instant messenger to groom them, to talk to them, to keep them awake at night. Related Topics.