Kate Roberts, 47, was swindled out of £80,000 after fraudsters posted a bogus profile on a dating website.
Miss Roberts contacted US army sergeant Mark Ray Smith, a handsome 43-year-old widower with an 11-year-old daughter, after seeing the profile on the dating area of Friends Reunited.
They say love is in the eye of the beholder and there are bound to be many lonely hearts companions look for someone just like you.
These sites make it much easier to meet these interesting people with advanced features like personal photo downloads, advanced love matching facilities and sms texting etc.
They wanted to know what had become of them, and had a desire to get back in touch and find out.
So friends reunited took off and, for what now seems like a brief period, was wildly popular.
Friends reunited became the number 1 service for rekindling old flames.I have had a very disappointing experience on this site.Friends Reunited Dating has recognised this fact and set up what we think is really quite a nice new dating service.She paid £225 for a phoneline for him, and was called by a man with an American accent every day.An email from “Sgt Smith” read: “I can’t help being madly in love with you.“I had to sell my house to pay my debts, my credit score is through the roof so I cannot have any credit, mortgage or overdraft.