Few love more fervently than the middle-aged and lonely.
Which is why last week’s revelation that divorcee Kate Roberts lavished £80,000 on a handsome American soldier – only to find out he was a fictitious creation of a heartless gang of Nigerian conmen – came as yet another salutary warning that not everything is what it seems on the Worldwide Web.
Similar scams arose in Russia, the Ukraine, Canada and other countries.
I know of two suicides which occurred as a direct result of romance scamming. Taking their own lives must have seemed easier than owning up to having got it so wrong’.
Romance scamming had its genesis in the lottery scams of the Eighties.
‘Many criminals working similar scams will help each other.
It’s primarily small groups of disenfranchised young men – poverty-stricken, ill-educated – finding it virtually impossible to get regular work and make any sort of living.