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You could show her the stories that romance scam victims tell the FTC.
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The Sun told how Tom, engaged to US film director Dustin Lance Black, 42, also had cyber romps with a fan.
Brit model Ed began chatting online with Tom after a chance meeting in the street in 2014.
Scammers create fake online profiles using photos of other people — even stolen pictures of real military personnel. And they tug at your heartstrings with made-up stories about how they need money — for emergencies, hospital bills, or travel. Here’s how it works: The scammers set up dating profiles to meet potential victims.
After they form a “relationship,” they come up with reasons to ask their love interest to set up a new bank account.
And if the person’s online profile disappears a few days after they meet you, that’s another tip-off.“His and Tom’s meetings had an air of secrecy about them.“Ed is not sure about Tom and Dustin’s relationship and has said that perhaps they have an agreement that each of them can do what they want.” Ed and Tom’s affair ended in 2015 but they have been in touch as recently as this month.Here’s the real deal: Don’t send money to someone you met online — for any reason.If your online sweetheart asks for money, you can expect it’s a scam.Our source said: “They live near each other in London and caught each other’s eye.He was initially invited to a barbecue at Tom and Dustin’s flat in Borough, South London, and had coffees with the pair, who had recently gone public.OLYMPIC diving star Tom Daley had a secret 18-month affair with a male model while his fiancé was away.Tom, 22, enjoyed a string of “purely physical” liaisons with 6ft 6in Edward William, 27, after the pair swapped intimate messages online."They would hook up for half an hour or an hour and that would be it."Tom would rarely talk about Dustin to Ed, except to say that he was away.