A besotted Brit has told how he was hoodwinked out of £1,600 by his ‘Ukrainian web lover’ after he sent the money and she left him holding up at the airplane terminal.

Colin Orr was left “mortified” after the lady, who disclosed to him her name was Olga Marchenko, neglected to appear. 

 The 40-year-old gourmet specialist sent cash to the lady trusting he was helping her and her young little girl in Lugansk the eastern part of Ukraine.

 The match met on a web website for penpals and inside a month she revealed to him that she loved him and needed to move to Edinburgh to live with him.

Colin purchased flights and went to the city’s air terminal hoping to welcome her and her little girl, however the combine didn’t turn Up.

 He was left shattered and £1,600 alone for take in the wake of setting something aside for the flight on July 1, six months after they started talking.


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The father of-one even detailed her as a missing individual subsequent to dreading something terrible had happened however the police affirmed she had been discovered living outside the UK.

Presently Colin needs Action Fraud the UK’s national extortion and digital wrongdoing announcing focus – to bring charges against the lady and expects that his story will fill in as a notice to others.

 “I went on this website called Interpals which is a penpal site to meet people from all over the world and I just thought I’d try being sociable for a change.

 “I wasn’t going on a dating site or anything, it was just out of curiosity. Olga was the first person I spoke to on it.

“She asked if I would like to exchange email addresses to write to each other, so I said yes and it went from there.

“We were writing to each other every day and I liked it.

She told me that she was a widow and her husband had died in the fighting out there because Lugansk is right on the frontline.”

He added: “She asked me for help financially and I said yes. I thought if I didn’t take a chance on her, I might be missing out on something that could have been amazing.

 “I felt comfortable writing and reading her letters and every time my phone beeped with an email and it was from her, I was over the moon.


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“She asked if I would like to exchange email addresses to write to each other, so I said yes and it went from there.

 “We were writing to each other every day and I liked it. She told me that she was a widow and her husband had died in the fighting out there because Lugansk is right on the frontline.

He added: “She asked me for help financially and I said yes. I thought if I didn’t take a chance on her, I might be missing out on something that could have been amazing.

 “I felt comfortable writing and reading her letters and every time my phone beeped with an email and it was from her, I was over the moon.

Worried Colin reported her as a missing person but the police were able to find her after taking her passport details.

 He said: “Why would she take my money? I’m just a working-class man and she knew that.

“She knew about how hard I was working and that I’d sold my guitar and laptop for her when she needed money.

“She must have had a plan.

She spoke an awful lot about marriage when we were writing to each other and about having children.

“Initially, I took it all with a pinch of salt. I might have been naive but it felt like a relationship and I was taking a chance

She is definitely who she says she is because there is a money trail through Western Union that shows it was picked up in Lugansk by an Olga Marchenko.

 “The police said the passports for her and her daughter were real as well so I wasn’t really catfished. I just don’t want her to now do the same thing to someone else.”

 A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: “Police in Edinburgh were called to an address in Oxgangs following a report of concern for a 32-year-old woman.

 “The matter was reported to police on Thursday, July 6. Officers conducted inquires and it was quickly established that the woman was living outside UK.

“Officers have explained the circumstances to the complainer and appropriate advice has been given.”


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