Internet dating scams be on guard
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.
• 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.
A spokesman for Match.com, Britain's most well-known dating site, said people should apply the same common sense as if in a bar or a pub.Usually there will be links or buttons on profiles to block or report individuals.• If you are a victim of dating fraud you can call Action Fraud on 03; actionfraud., users are being warned to be vigilant while online, particularly as the fraudster's tactics are becoming more elaborate.Action Fraud UK, the country's fraud and internet crime reporting centre, says it has been alerted to new methods used by dating fraudsters.