This is the way scammers take advantage of their victims; they find a weakness and exploit it.
Con artists hide behind the computer and easily create fake identities to trick perfect strangers.
According to recent figures, these requests for cash appear to be working.
There were 651 dating scams reported in the three months to August this year, with the average victim paying out £9,589.
In July, the average payout was as high as £10,882.
Action Fraud UK, the country's fraud and internet crime reporting centre, says it has been alerted to new methods used by dating fraudsters.
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One includes the scammer telling the victim that they don't have enough annual leave left to come and visit them but that they can buy some from their employer.
This costs around £250 a day, so 10 days will cost £2,500.