These criminals—who also troll social media sites and chat rooms in search of romantic victims—usually claim to be Americans traveling or working abroad. While their most common targets are women over 40 who are divorced, widowed, and/or disabled, but every age group and demographic is at risk. You’re contacted online by someone who appears interested in you.He or she may have a profile you can read or a picture that is e-mailed to you.

Lonely and online dating video

Millions of Americans visit online dating websites every year hoping to find a companion or even a soulmate.

But as Valentine’s Day gets closer, the FBI wants to warn you that criminals use these sites, too, looking to turn the lonely and vulnerable into fast money through a variety of scams..

Social media has made us all addicted to advertising the perfect existence to all and sundry.

God forbid we should own up to wanting a little more.

I would be betraying my amazing self and the fulfilling life I’ve worked hard to have.

And then what if, once I’ve done the damage and admitted I want someone in my life, I actually can’t find anyone?Rather than actually admit to wanting a relationship and going to a matchmaking site where at least we are in company with others who want the same thing, we would rather be non-committal and frequent sites where everyone’s intent is a little opaque.We can always distance ourselves from it with the old “I’m only looking for a bit of fun anyway” get-out.Recognizing an Online Dating Scam Artist Your online “date” may only be interested in your money if he or she: Do not send money through any wire transfer service to someone you met online.The chances of recovering your money are very slim.God forbid we should decide we want something and then take the requisite steps to do our best to get it.