Pankhurst and his wife Julie, who he credited with the original idea, earned an estimated £30 million from selling the site in 2005.
And I feel like I am the right person to do it."In a separate email to those still signed-up to the website, and posted online by Adam Tinworth, the founder said that Friends Reunited still had people using it but it wasn't worth running anymore.
"The site is still used by a handful of members however it has become clear that the site is no longer really used for the purpose it was built for," users were told. Pankhurst launched the website in 2000 from the spare bedroom of his home, along with wife Julie.
“I had to sell my house to pay my debts, my credit score is through the roof so I cannot have any credit, mortgage or overdraft.
“Hundreds of other women must be being conned.” Miss Roberts was persuaded to send money to a bank account and via Western Union after “Sgt Smith” said he wanted to buy himself out of the army so they could live together.
Pankhurst, who had parted ways with the site when it was sold to ITV, was offered the chance to try to breathe new life into Friends Reunited two years ago.