International online dating scams
In a typical con, the perpetrator will spend weeks or even months building up a romantic relationship with a victim through e-mails, texts or phone calls, before eventually asking for money.
And many of the scammers aren't even in the United States.
After reading the horror stories of this page many men say they feel frustrated with the whole thing. As a volunteer editor of this little forum, I can say that nothing can be further from the truth.
According to my estimations, it's less than 5% of women featured by dating agencies that MAY have double-faced intentions.
Gold diggers and dating adventurists, known since the times of our forefathers, also moved online to greener pastures.
"In the process of going back and forth, a scammer is going to try to figure out what makes a person tick, what their vulnerable spots are," said Jenny Shearer, an FBI spokeswoman.
"Because a victim has legitimate feelings, they might be inclined to offer financial support for this person." For Best, it all started when she signed up for a free online dating site called mingle2.
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.