says it will help people stay safe

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AN INTERNET dating website has said it will do more to educate its customers after four men were convicted for their roles in a £220,000 scam.

Emmanuel Oko, 30, of Waverley Grove, Southsea, Adewunmi Nusi, 37, of Bomford Close, Thatcham, Monty Emu, 28, of Frensham Road, Southsea, and Chukwuka Ugwu, 28, of Somers Road, Somers Town, were jailed for a total of more than 13 years at Winchester Crown Court for their roles in the scam in which women were duped out of cash between 2012 and 2013. Oko set up a fake profile on the site.

A spokeswoman said the safety of its members is of ‘utmost importance’.

She said: ‘There is a tiny minority of people who set out to exploit others, and while this is not confined to dating sites or even the internet, those who do should be convicted for their crimes as they were.’

She added: ‘We are committed to doing more to help educate consumers about how to approach online dating safely and guide them on how to look after themselves online.’