The lifelong singleton had excitedly changed his Facebook status to ‘in a relationship’ after paying for flight tickets for an online date he believed was his girlfriend to fly to the UK.
The lowly-paid shop worker had even resorted to starving himself so he could afford to meet the incessant demands for funds being made by his online ‘partner’.
These all-or-nothing, black-and-white thought patterns often illustrate depressed thinking.
That’s a pretty hefty chunk of the dating pool, not to mention the unreported cases and the probable addition of cases since that report was published.
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Ian Doney, 51, died penniless after fraudsters targeted his lonely heart pleas to get his savings.
He wasn’t eating properly and he was starving himself.
Anything he could sell, he sold it.”She added: “If we ever questioned it he told us that we didn’t know what we were talking about.”Mr Doney later took an overdose after blaming the apparent accident on himself and was sectioned after suffering a breakdown following incidents of self-harm.