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You or someone you know may be dating this person online right now. No matter how good they sound, things aren't what they appear to be.
In reality you're talking to a criminal sitting in a cybercafé with a well-rehearsed script he's used many times before.
The sad truth is, for every real profile you see on the internet, there are numerous false ones pretending to be your perfect mate and using photographs stolen from modelling or social networking sites.
The people in the photographs are as much victims as those who get scammed for hundreds or thousands dollars.
Some even make wedding plans before disappearing with the money.
An online love interest who asks for money is almost certainly a scam artist.
Dating and romance scams often take place through online dating websites, but scammers may also use social media or email to make contact.
They have even been known to telephone their victims as a first introduction.
In fact, they're someone you could see yourself spending the rest of your life with.