February is the month of love, with Valentines Day being celebrated on the 14th. It’s a great time for couples and those in relationships but it can also be a lonely time for people on their own. At a time when there are more single people than ever before, many lonely Brits are logging onto the net in a quest to find their perfect partner. Many people see it as the ideal way to meet someone but it is also one that is fraught with danger. It was revealed this week that Nigerian gangs are targeting lonely hearted Brits by logging onto internet dating sites, posing as widow(er)s and divorcees. The gang members use false identities and photos stolen from model agency sites to lure unsuspecting British men and women and defraud them out of thousands of pounds. They build up a relationship with unsuspecting “victims” asking them for loans which are never repaid. Scary! Undercover reporters from The Tonight tv programme joined police as they raided an internet café in Lagos, discovering details of several British victims, together with e-mails asking for money.
Like many other single women, I’m still hoping to meet my perfect partner one day. I’m also a great believer in the old adage that if you go out looking for love, you never find it. If it’s fated to happen it will. However for those of you who prefer to search for your perfect partner online. Take care and keep safe!