"My fake internet romance" – Dr Louise answers your burning questions

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I’m in my fifties so my friends encouraged me to meet men on the internet. Although I was reluctant I started talking to a few men until I thought I’d met my soul-mate. He said all the right things and pressed all the right buttons. I fell in love.We met and got on very well. Soon the romance blossomed and he moved in with me.

He told me his properties were in KwaZulu-Natal and he was renting a flat in Joburg. He assured me he was well-off and didn’t need my money. However, I soon realised he always had an excuse for not having money. My friend became suspicious, did some research and discovered he’d been in jail for years. When I confronted him, he admitted it and said he’d hoped to marry me so he wouldn’t be destitute.

I ended the relationship and was left with a broken heart. How do I prevent this happening again?

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