Where will you find an enduring love and where will you bag yourself a cursory bedroom buddy?
The explosion of the steam railways meant transport and communication speeds accelerated, having a profound affect on dating and relationships to come. The invention of the telephone in 1876 means communication becomes easier and news travels faster.
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A galloping horse could cover 100 miles a day at best.
It's not just the financial loss though; dating fraud can have a huge emotional impact on a victim too.” He said in some cases, people had lost everything – including their savings and their homes.
Mr Neate said: “Anyone who has fallen in love knows how easy it is to get swept up in the romance of it all and let their heart rule their head, so we're urging people to take a little caution when meeting someone new online.” Commander Chris Greany, City of London Police and national coordinator for economic crime said: “These crimes destroy lives and the emotional damage often far outweighs the financial loss.