I was scammed by a woman online after I lent her money to fly to the UK

DEAR DEIDRE: I foolishly paid for a woman I met online to fly to the UK from Latvia.

She asked for £500, which she said was needed as proof that she could support herself in the UK – otherwise she would not be allowed to leave her country.

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I have the horrible impression that I was indeed the victim of a scam

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I’m 47 and she’s 39.

I was skeptical but she said she loved me.

Against my better judgment, I sent it to her but when I picked her up at the airport, she didn’t show up.

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Each issue receives a personal response, usually within 24 hours on weekdays.

Later I received a photo of her in the hospital explaining that she had missed her flight due to a car accident.

I have the terrible impression that I have indeed been the victim of a scam.

DEIDRE SAYS: I’m afraid this looks like a scam to me too. Rather than struggling, take this as a learning experience.

Some people are unscrupulous, but now you understand why it’s a bad idea to send money to someone you’ve only met online.

Going forward, be sure to take your time getting to know people and meeting them in the real world first.

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It’s a well-known adage: if something seems too good to be true, it probably is.

Break contact immediately and get advice on internet scams through Action Fraud (actionfraud.police.uk, 0300 123 2040).

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