As the relationship develops, your exchanges become more intimate.

The person you have fallen for will probably send you their photograph and give you a pet name.

In fact, you have probably been in contact with several members of a criminal gang.

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For example: Once you send them money, the fraudsters will keep coming back with more reasons to send them money.

If you send pictures of yourself of a sexual nature, the fraudsters will threaten to send them to your family, friends and work colleagues if you don’t go along with their requests for money.

Anyone can be the target and victim of these scams—men, women, young, old, gay, straight, white, black, Asian, Hispanic… But the FBI states that women who are “over 40, divorced, widowed, and/or disabled” are prime targets for scammers.

If you fall into this category, be especially wary of people that you meet through dating websites.

Interestingly, the AARP says that men fall victim to these scams more often, but that women are more likely to report the scam.

The profiles of online dating scammers can exhibit some clear signs that something is off—you just need to know what to look for.

Don’t fall for it: there’s nothing wrong with staying in touch via the dating site.

Scammers are good at being charming and saying all the right things—and they start it fast.

The photos used by scammers can also clue you in that something is off.