(It is estimated that only 15 percent of fraud victims report their losses to law enforcement, so the real numbers are probably higher.) As one result, fear of a horrible first date is just one of the things a would-be online dater has to worry about. “Most people think the victims are middle-aged women who can't get a date, but I have worked with men and women of all ages—doctors and lawyers, CEOs of companies, people from the entertainment industry—who you’d never think in a million years would fall for these scams but do,” says Barb Sluppick, who runs romancescams.org, a watchdog site and online support group.
In 2015, the last year for which data is available, consumers lost more than 0 million this way.Millions of Americans use dating sites, social networking sites, and chat rooms to meet people. But scammers also use these sites to meet potential victims.They create fake profiles to build online relationships, and eventually convince people to send money in the name of love.'Her' name was Aleksandra and 'she' was young and pretty with a long, dark mane of hair and dark brown eyes.She contacted Dave (not his real name) on dating site Zoosk in November last year, telling him she was a 32-year-old Russian woman eager to pursue a serious relationship.Unusually for someone her age, Aleksandra had no Facebook, Twitter or Instagram accounts.