Online dating scamers

Mr Cole told Ms Parke that he was a widower and that he had moved to Britain with his young daughter, Maureen.

He said that while abroad on business, his daughter had been injured in a hit and run accident and he required £9,600 for the operation in hospital.

"My embarrassment is overwhelming but I feel that I must take this step in reporting my experience in order to help promote awareness and to help other innocents to avoid such devastating situations," she added.

Five scams on the rise in 2014 Protect yourself against dating fraud • Trust your instincts.

Not everyone using online dating sites is looking for love. As if all that isn’t bad enough, romance scammers are now involving their victims in online bank fraud.

Scammers create fake online profiles using photos of other people — even stolen pictures of real military personnel. And they tug at your heartstrings with made-up stories about how they need money — for emergencies, hospital bills, or travel. Here’s how it works: The scammers set up dating profiles to meet potential victims.

If you think something feels wrong, it probably is.

From April 2013 to March 2014, there were 2,037 cases of dating scams reported to Action Fraud, with the 651 scams over the summer marking an acceleration.

Victims think they’re just helping out their soulmate, never realizing they’re aiding and abetting a crime.

Here are some warning signs that an online love interest might be a fake.

According to recent figures, these requests for cash appear to be working.

There were 651 dating scams reported in the three months to August this year, with the average victim paying out £9,589.

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