DEAR DEIDRE: FOOLISHLY, I paid the airfare for a woman I met online to come to the UK from Latvia.
She asked for £500 which she said was needed as proof she could support herself in the UK – or she wouldn’t be allowed to leave her country.
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I am 47 and she is 39.
I was sceptical but she said she loved me.
Against my better judgment, I sent it to her but when I went to the airport to collect her, she didn’t show.
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I later got a picture of her in hospital explaining she’d missed her flight due to a car accident.
I have an awful feeling I’ve been well and truly scammed.
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DEIDRE SAYS: I’m afraid it sounds like a scam to me too. Rather than beat yourself up, take this as a learning experience.
Some people are unscrupulous, but you now understand why it’s unwise to send money to someone you have only met online.
In future, make sure you take your time getting to know people and that you meet them in the real world first.
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It’s a well known adage: If something seems too good to be true, it probably is.
Break off contact immediately and get advice about internet scams through Action Fraud (actionfraud.police.uk, 0300 123 2040).
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