Ms Parke realised her mistake when Mr Cole failed to arrive at Birmingham airport where they had agreed to meet so that he could go to the bank with her and return her money.
Back in 2010, Brenda Parke, a 60-year-old retiree, was scammed out of £60,000 after joining an online dating site and befriending a man purporting to be a successful Dutch businessman called Bradford Cole.
Mr Cole told Ms Parke that he was a widower and that he had moved to Britain with his young daughter, Maureen.
He said that while abroad on business, his daughter had been injured in a hit and run accident and he required £9,600 for the operation in hospital.
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