Warn­ing on dat­ing scam­mers

Herald Sun - - NEWS - KAREN COLLIER

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

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