Police later traced calls from a Nigerian mobile phone.Last night divorcee Miss Roberts said: “Aside from the money, I’ve lost the love of my life.I know he wasn’t real, but the feelings were real to me.“I was taken in by this very clever gang and I don’t want anyone else to go through what I did.The first and eponymous website was created by a husband and wife team in the classic back bedroom internet start-up; it was the first online social network to achieve prominence in Britain, and it weathered the dotcom bust.
Friends Reunited was a portfolio of social networking websites based upon the themes of reunion with research, dating and job-hunting.
A book of members' stories was published in 2003 by Virgin Books, and a song about (and named after) the site was released by The Hussys in 2006.
Following ITV's sale of the site to DC Thomson's Brightsolid subsidiary in 2009, the company relaunched Friends Reunited in March 2012 with a new emphasis on nostalgia and memories.
She paid £225 for a phoneline for him, and was called by a man with an American accent every day.
An email from “Sgt Smith” read: “I can’t help being madly in love with you.
On 15 December 2011, DC Thomson estimated that Friends Reunited was worth only £5.2 million, a fifth of the price it paid to ITV two years previously.