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22 May 2014, 09:13
New online daters are being conned out of money in the East Midlands and detectives in Derbyshire are calling it romance fraud.
That's when you send money to someone you've met online but have never met in real life.
One woman, only known as Maggie, sent £20,000 to a man pretending to be in the US army. He asked for money to cover air travel and legal fees, all of which was false.
Derbyshire detectives are urging anyone who thinks they may have been a victim of this fraud not to send any further funds and to break all contact immediately before reporting the fraudster to the website or chat room operator.
Officers are advising the following top tips to encourage people to protect themselves from becoming a victim of romance fraud: