Ms Fowkes, a self-employed child care consultant, began sending money to Nigeria in August 2010 after her internet lover failed to visit her at Heathrow after telling her he had booked a flight.
She said: "He was due to come for a visit in August but he wasn't on the flight and then when he rang later that day he said they stopped him at customs to do with tax issues with his business.
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.
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.
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