The victims reported collective losses of .4 million, which is likely only a fraction of the actual losses since many victims are too embarrassed to file a report, the FBI said.About 70% of the victims were female; more than half were women 40 years or older.Scammers also ask victims to send money to help overcome a financial situation they claim to be experiencing.These are all lies intended to take money from unsuspecting victims."I left my heart out there, and this guy took advantage of it," the 51-year old Best said.
Unfortunately, online dating has also been a successful place for scam artists to take advantage of trusting souls who are looking for love or companionship.
Once they’ve made contact, they will typically request to move the conversation to a private instant messaging service.
He or she will begin the courtship process by sending letters and love poems for a period of weeks and finally offer to fly to meet their victim.
A man calling himself "John" messaged her and through daily phone calls and messages on Facebook, he gained her trust.
He spoke with what she thought was a British accent and his picture on Facebook portrayed a nice-looking man with graying hair and a beard.