Warning on dating scammers
A VICTORIAN woman fleeced in a cruel romance scam has warned others to be wary of dating site rogues.
Devastated Sue Allen took out a $5000 loan to give to a man she met online, convinced she’d be paid back.
Victorians last year made more than 33,000 reports about various types of scams, and admitted being conned out of $22.9 million.
Ms Allen, 51, said she first met “Dan” through the Plenty of Fish site.
They exchanged emails daily for several months and had occasional phone chats before he claimed he was robbed while on a business trip in Turkey and needed cash.
“He had told me he was a widower and a clothes designer based in Canberra, and convinced me we were going to meet when he got back from overseas,” Ms Allen said.
“I was on cloud nine, he made me feel special.
“His messages were always so respectful and he got me hook, line and sinker. “It hurts, it hurts your ego. “I want to tell people to be very careful.”
Consumer Affairs Minister Marlene Kairouz is launching a new campaign to combat scammers. Robert Doyle