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Using age-old marketing techniques, Christian created a picture of their life together so real that the victim actually went house-hunting for the two of them.

The life he described would all be theirs, if they could just get those few final obstacles out of the way…Dating fraud is becoming more sophisticated, more successful – and more devastating to its victims.

There are a great many quite legitimate dating service websites that allow members to establish online relationships.

Often, these online friendships blossom into genuine long-term relationships.

SINGAPORE: Jimmy (not his real name) is a user of We Chat, a free text messaging and calling app. Last year, Jimmy received a message from someone calling herself "Momi".

Jimmy added her as a friend on We Chat and they started chatting regularly.

Nickolas Savage is the assistant section chief of the Cyber Division.

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He or she may have a profile you can read or a picture that is e-mailed to you.

Last year in the UK, online dating scammers conned their dates out of £33 million.

Anna Moore investigates the crooks who target smart, successful women Using a fake profile on the popular dating site (they operated as ‘Christian Anderson’, a divorced engineer), the pair managed to persuade a newly divorced mother of two to sign over a staggering £1.6 million, some of it her own, the rest borrowed from family and friends.

An increasing number of people have found life-partners via relationships started online.

Sadly however, scammers have managed to effectively exploit this trend to further their own nefarious ends.