Six charged over alleged Match.com dating fraud
Five men and a woman have been charged in connection with an alleged scam involving users of the well-known dating website Match.com.
The six, from Southsea in Hampshire and Hermitage in Berkshire, are all accused of conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation.
Hampshire Police said women were asked to part with "significant amounts of cash" after meeting men on the website.
All six appeared before magistrates in Basingstoke earlier.
They were remanded in custody to reappear at Winchester Crown Court on 19 March.
The men from Southsea are Emmanuel Oko, 29, of Waverley Grove, Monty Emu, 28, of Frencham Road, Eberechi Ekpo, 26, of Adair Road, and Chukwuka Ugwu, 28, of Somers Road.
The woman is Brooke Boston, 28, of Chelsea Road, Southsea and the other man is Adewunmi Nusi, 26, of Bomford Close, Hermitage.
Det Con Darrin Carey said the charges followed "a lengthy investigation" and involved alleged victims from the Basingstoke area, across Hampshire and England.
A Match.com spokesman said: "While the authorities and dating sites work closely together to ensure a safe environment on the internet, we encourage everyone to apply the same caution when meeting people online as they would meeting through friends or in a bar."