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.
Within hours of the expected arrival time, an emergency will strike: A work visa has expired, or their aunt/niece/child is sick and they need a few thousand dollars to be wired over so they can finally meet their intended.
A fraud is sweeping online dating sites, according to a special report in this month’s issue of Glamour Magazine.
An online love interest who asks for money is almost certainly a scam artist.
Last year, we outlined a list that corralled a number of the most common love scams that successfully toyed not just with online users’ hearts but also their money—likening it to Neil Gaiman’s notion of love and how it makes anyone vulnerable.
[Read: 8 Valentine's Day threats] Such is the case with people who have unknowingly allowed themselves to play accomplice to a cybercriminal act—with them usually coming out as the victims.
In fact, reports say that romance scams count as some of the most successful schemes to rake profit from victims.
Last year, the National Consumers League noted that they received at least 80 complaints from online users who have been victimized by romance scams.