A besotted Brit has told how he was duped out of £1,600 by his ‘Ukrainian internet girlfriend’ after he sent the cash and she left him waiting at the airport.
Colin Orr was left “humiliated” after the woman, who told him her name was Olga Marchenko, failed to show up.
The 40-year-old chef sent money to the woman believing he was helping her and a young daughter in Lugansk in eastern Ukraine.
The pair met on an internet site for penpals and within a month she told him that she loved him and wanted to move to Edinburgh to live with him.
Colin bought flights and went to the city’s airport expecting to welcome her and her daughter, but the pair didn’t turn up, the Daily Record reports.
He was left heartbroken and £1,600 out of pocket after saving up for the flight on July 1, six months after they began talking.
The dad-of-one even reported her as a missing person after fearing something bad had happened but the police confirmed she had been found living outside the UK.
Now Colin wants Action Fraud – the UK’s national fraud and cyber crime reporting centre – to bring charges against the woman and hopes his story will serve as a warning to others.