An impostor poses as the perfect suitor, lures a victim into a romance, then proceeds to loot his or her finances.
And now, with the twist of modern technology, con artists are finding victims through online dating sites and apps.
For others, however, it can be a life-ruining decision – leaving us penniless, heartbroken and with many more problems heading our way.
The only way to avoid an online romance scam is to be aware of their occurrences and also to know how to spot them before they begin.
Judith Lathlean, a 67-year-old, Oxford-educated professor, made headlines in December last year when she courageously revealed how she had paid £140,000 to a man she met on a dating site (but never met face to face).
Don't let his smooth talk — and your desperation — cloud your judgment.
Romance scammers tug at the heartstrings or stroke the ego to get dating site users to send them money.
Seeking Arrangement caters to a very specific type of relationship, but the lessons here should apply to other dating sites and even to other aspects of digital life, Leroy Velasquez, a Seeking Arrangement spokesman, tells . It's a really crappy version of what a man or woman would get on a dating profile," he says.When making contact with you, scammers start by complementing you on your looks. "I love you" is a statement that everyone wishes to hear, but how do you know if it's real?Wouldn't we rather be complemented on accomplishments or what your goals are? Charlatans tell you they love you they have ever met you in real life.Here are warning signs and online dating advice so you don't waste time with frauds, and instead can focus on the possibility of real love. Scammers often are not specific in what they are looking for in a mate.(Note: I used male pronouns here, but scammers can be either gender and can present themselves however they wish online):1. Thus, more people will respond and fit their requirements.Then a person on staff looks through the flagged profiles and decides whom to ban, Velasquez says.