11 Feb '12, 11pm

Number of Internet dating scams triple in 2011, with women over 40 being the most vulnerable group

Number of Internet dating scams triple in 2011, with women over 40 being the most vulnerable group

Last October, Janet (not her real name) went to the airport, all eager to welcome an American she had befriended on a dating website. While she was waiting at the arrival hall, the 34-year-old's cellphone rang. An 'immigration officer' said that her friend had been detained for bringing in a large sum of money. He could be released but only when she had transferred $14,000 to a bank account. Smelling a rat, she went to the police. But many others took a hit in their pockets. Background story 'This could be different from what the women get in their usual lifestyles, and this 'high' of thinking they have met the right man can cloud rational thinking.' MR DANIEL KOH, a psychologist from Insights Mind Centre According to the police's annual crime briefing last week, the number of Internet dating scams tripled last year to 62 from 21 in 2010 - the biggest rise since they surfa...

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