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.
"I left my heart out there, and this guy took advantage of it," the 51-year old Best said.
In 2011, the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center received 5,600 complaints from victims of so-called "romance scammers" -- criminals who scan online dating sites, chat rooms and social networking sites for potential victims.
I am looking at foreign women from all countries, not just 3rd world countries.
Though the amounts and details of the scam vary from victim to victim, when it comes to romance scams, the con is almost always the same: The crook wants to get a besotted victim to wire money or provide access to a credit card.I'd steer clear of Indonesian, Philippino, Arab-world, Russian, African and 'Eastern Bloc' counties.Also, some Canadian women are all fur and no frills.... ) OP, there are discussion forums much like Love Shack which focus on international dating and relationships and such are a good start to find consensus on which dating portals are the best value and the most reliable. IME, and I've done it, networking with other people, both on forums and in real life, is key to success, meaning a pleasant experience and avoiding scams.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.Some resources I used were RWL (Russian women's list), RWD (Russian women discussion), Lavaplace and dating.ru, along with private agencies to which I was referred, the latter being more common back before the internet was widely available.