He says he met a woman named Yulia online and, hoping to marry her, went to her hometown of Chernivtsi. With nowhere to go and no money left, Dolego spent days roaming the streets of Chernivtsi along with other homeless men until he was picked up by social workers and taken to a shelter.
He spoke to The Associated Press by phone Wednesday from a hospital where he was being treated for pneumonia.
"He looked bad — his clothes were dirty, he was dirty, he looked like a typical homeless man," said Anastasia Beridze of the Narodna Dopomoha (People's Help) charity.
A woman who acknowledges being Yulia says she had been unaware of Dolego's existence during the Internet fling.
In 2015, the last year for which data is available, consumers lost more than 0 million this way.
Someone you have started to develop a relationship with online might first ask for money for travel costs, or say they have lost their plane ticket so need to borrow some cash for a new one.
They might say a family member is ill and they need funds for urgent medical treatment.
One includes the scammer telling the victim that they don't have enough annual leave left to come and visit them but that they can buy some from their employer.
This costs around £250 a day, so 10 days will cost £2,500.