Never give any money to someone you met online and if in doubt, let your dating site’s support team know you’ve been asked for money and ask their opinion (this is one of the reasons why it pays to date on a reputable dating site with a good support team).

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The scammer pretended to be an American soldier serving in Afghanistan.

This is a very common scam nowadays and so it’s worth keeping your wits about you.

It always pains me to see women (and men) fall for these scams.

Just think – even if this pretend soldier hadn’t been an outright scammer, what sort of relationship are you building if you start it by financially supporting someone you’ve only just met on the Internet?

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Many women have asked me what to do in case you are a victim of fraud.

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Now news has come out about a British woman who fell victim to a very similar scam, losing £10k in the process.