Articel on internet dating scams
• 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.
, users are being warned to be vigilant while online, particularly as the fraudster's tactics are becoming more elaborate.
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.
Ms Parke realised her mistake when Mr Cole failed to arrive at Birmingham airport where they had agreed to meet so that he could go to the bank with her and return her money.
"With great hindsight, I am fully aware of how utterly stupid I have been," said Ms Parke, "and I appreciate that there is little, if any, chance of getting my money back.
He says he’s single, honest and looking for love – just like you, in fact.
All he needs is a little money to get him through a tricky situation…
According to recent figures, these requests for cash appear to be working.