But con artists and criminals are patient and they know how to play the game.
UPDATE: The Internet Crime Complaint Center’s (IC3) have recently distributed the following press release: The IC3 has recently received reports regarding a scam that baits individuals into intimate online conversations and then extorting them for financial gain.
The scam was initiated after the victims met someone online, such as on a dating site, and were asked to connect via a specific online social network.
Millions of men and women turn to online dating to find love, meet their perfect matches, or just increase the pool of choices for prospective dates.
While there are a number of safeguards that a majority of the more legitimate dating sites have in place to protect their members, there are still risks associated with Internet dating.
In most cases the victim will be requested to pay approximately $200 – $500 to obtain a certificate which claims to issued by local authorities.