They chatted on Facebook for around seven months and he claimed to be an artist from London with two kids.
They may try to trick a young person into believing that they are trustworthy, that they are a friend or they may even pretend that they are the same age.
Many popular dating apps allow the user to share their location or chat to people in their area – this increases the potential for a ‘real-life’ meeting.
Not only does one report after another highlight how many people are being duped by scammers every year, but we’ve had many members of Stitch tell us their stories about how they’ve lost money themselves.
My favourite story is that of Maria*, one of our members lost close to $10,000 to a scammer from Ghana.
Online dating sites are popular worldwide for people who don’t have time or opportunity to meet new people through regular channels.