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"I'm not used to being lied to."

Alison Peters is now living in a caravan while she tries to re-build her marriage. Photo: ITV Meridian

Alison Peters gave away her savings of £120,000 after she fell for a scammer while looking for love online.

When her husband of 42 years said he wanted a divorce, Alison went online hoping to meet someone new.

She started exchanging e-mails with a man called Steve. He even sent her photos, saying they were of him.

After sending e-mails and making phone calls, he started to ask for money. After she'd given him £120,000, Alison found out it was a scam.

Alison says she knows people will be asking how she could be so gullible. But she says her divorce made her desperate.

You can watch our correspondent Andrew Pate's report below.

The Home Office warns people to be on their guard against dating or romance fraud online and has issued guidance for people who have been affected.

They say people should report the relation to Action Fraud and break off all contact immediately. Victims should not send any more money and should report the fraudster to the website or chat room operator.

They also say people should be aware of bad English in communications when the person they are communicating with claims to be English. In addition, they tell people to be aware of writing styles, different standards of English, or suspicious content in communications styles as this may be an indication they are speaking to more than one person.

The Action Fraud website also says that being asked to send money is an indication that the person or people they are communicating with are trying to commit fraud.