When you go to cities like Auckland, Wellington, or Christchurch, don’t expect to see people of different skin colors, body shapes, and sizes like you would find in a country such as Brazil.

Nevertheless, with enough work on your part, you might be able to find some hidden gems.

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Soon after she received a message from a man claiming to be an orphan widower with no family.

He replied: "I want to develop a friendship that will hopefully turn into something meaningful and lasting." For two weeks he phoned her up to three times a day, chatted online and quickly told her he loved her.

Ministry of Consumer Affairs spokesman Richard Parlett said at least 10 Kiwis each month reported being scammed through dating websites but that was probably "the tip of the iceberg".

The previous highest amount scammed he had heard of was ,000.

The North Island businesswoman said she felt destroyed and violated by the experience and wants to remain anonymous for fear of public humiliation.

She agreed to tell her story to stop other lonely Kiwis falling victim and said her nightmare began when she created a profile on on March 12.

Western Union customers were given pamphlets full of warnings before transferring money - something the woman said she did not read because "I never thought it could happen to me".