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.
"With great hindsight, I am fully aware of how utterly stupid I have been," said Ms Parke, "and I appreciate that there is little, if any, chance of getting my money back.
In order to release it they claim they have to pay a customs release fee – which is then requested from the victim." Online dating scams are nothing new, but they are on the rise.
The online dating websites say there is little they can do to restrict this type of fraud.
A spokesman for Match.com, Britain's most well-known dating site, said people should apply the same common sense as if in a bar or a pub.
Suddenly after days they claim for money in asking to help them by stressing they are under emergency crisis.
If you experience any of the following scenarios, you are likely the victim of an internet scam.
Someone you have started to develop a relationship with online might first ask for money for travel costs, or say they have lost their plane ticket so need to borrow some cash for a new one.