Getting ripped off while dating
Small amounts of money will change hands for information.
This can be an elaborate ruse lasting weeks – perhaps they will concoct a trip abroad and later a sudden crisis that leaves them in urgent need of cash.
‘Some lose their dignity along with their life savings, their homes and even their sense of self.
For some, being conned out of everything you ever worked for is too much to take.
It appears to be mainly women who are the victims, although we do know men who are affected. People must be told what’s going on.’ So why are so many ordinary, educated, otherwise discerning people falling for this scam and being stung for such huge sums?
‘Love is like alcoholism, gambling or any other addiction,’ Mr Woodcock said.