Ireland dating warning
"Romance scammers are getting increasingly manipulative so if you are going online this Valentine's Day to look for love, it's absolutely vital that you're able to recognise the warning signs," its deputy chair Delia Rickard said in a statement.
"Scammers create very believable profiles, including stealing the identities of real, trusted people.
In a similar case a German woman Pissamai Strehle (50) who started an online relationship with a man who said he lived in Newtownabbey, in Co Antrim - was conned out of £130,000.
Read more: German woman loses £130k in scam by man 'from Northern Ireland' John said: "I found what I was thought I was looking for, but then they said their arents were sick or daughter was in hospital, or they had no money for food. She turned it to her advantage and I didn't realise until my bank caught this on. "When the bank pulled me to one side and had a meeting with me, I realised that this was actually what was going on." The PSNI is still investigating the case but say it is unlikely the money will be recovered.
Romance scams cost victims more money than any other form of cheating, with those aged over 45 more likely to be stung, according to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.
"If you feel you are being scammed put a stop to it now. As john said then comes the crisis or request for funds - a sick child, I want to see you but can't afford to get there etc.
Whilst Americans are happy to approach a stranger and ask them out for coffee, Irish people would rather gnaw their own arm off than do the same thing.
“A special word of warning to anyone using social-media sites: we urge you to please be cautious and be aware.
And love is the tool scammers use to pry open your bank account and strip you of your assets. She says I'm so handsome (I'm not) and wants to see me in person and hear me. Beware." said he was Roden Miller (actually Jeffrey Miller) as a scammer. He is in the army stationed in Houston Texas but is currently on a peacekeeping mission in Libya but would be returning soon. I refuse to give my number or email and insist on staying on that site.
By learning how to spot a scammer, you can protect yourself. But her cell phone seems to be faulty and her old laptop doesn't have a built in camera. I also enjoy toying with these scammers with elaborate stories of wealth, success, and loneliness.
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Their communication included numerous sexts, or sexually explicit photographs and texts.