Barb Sluppick runs Romance Scams.org, a Web site dedicated to helping victims of romance fraud, like herself.She said the site has had more than 30,000 members since its start in June 2005. Abrantes was the victim of romance fraud: a scam designed to prey on her emotions to get her money. "He wound up winning my heart." Abrantes isn't alone.But with the increased interest in Internet dating comes more people willing to prey on those looking for love online.If it wasn't for HIV and Poz Match I never would have met my soul mate. I was divorced from my first marriage in 2002, five years after I was diagnosed HIV Positive. Being a member of so many poz sites, I had met so many scammers, liars, and questionable people.I feel very blessed that I have made a few nice friends. It was at that point I learned that if I wanted to meet serious minded and quality people, I would need to join a paid, professional site. There were many disappointments along the way, but after 500 people viewing my profile, I was contacted by another member in my State of Florida... After three weeks of endless telephone conversations and an intense friendship, we met.
She revealed to me that she had seen my profile for two years, and finally joined the site to contact me. Be blessed, if you believe in that; otherwise I simply would say, THANKS A LOT.'"Once John joined - part support group, part dating site for people with herpes - everything changed."I would have been happy to have had just one person to unload everything I was feeling," he says.Brown, of Nuneaton, Warwickshire, was jailed for five-and-a-half years after admitting four charges of fraud and two of assault at Warwick Crown Court.At that time a confiscation hearing under the Proceeds of Crime Act was adjourned for an investigation into his finances.