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(The FBI says it may be embarrassing for victims to report this type of fraud scheme because of the personal relationships that are developed, so the real numbers are probably higher.) As one result, fear of a horrible first date is just one of the things a would-be online dater has to worry about. “Most people think the victims are middle-aged women who can’t get a date, but I have worked with men and women of all ages—doctors and lawyers, CEOs of companies, people from the entertainment industry—who you’d never think in a million years would fall for these scams but do,” says Barb Sluppick, who runs Romance Scams, a watchdog site and online support group.

Finally, people can find people with common interests, no matter how specific they might be. Sure, it is great for you to meet someone who is as into Russian literature, the Wu-Tang Clan and snuggling as you are, but maybe some tastes aren't meant to be satisfied.

“That big investment gives victims a false sense that the relationship must be real.” Eventually a pitch for money comes.

Often the scammer will say an emergency situation has arisen and money is needed fast to avoid dire consequences.

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