The victims reported collective losses of .4 million, which is likely only a fraction of the actual losses since many victims are too embarrassed to file a report, the FBI said.
About 70% of the victims were female; more than half were women 40 years or older.
I've been single for a little time now, so, as my friend has had some good results with it so far, she persuaded me to try online dating.I have chatted and webcammed with many of them, however it seems to me that 90% of the really pretty ones are on the hunt for one thing sooner or later...MONEY! They'll have multiple profiles or keep popping up using same hot, usually fake, profile pics. Don't take the online game too seriously and DONT send money to someone you never met in person.Some are very direct and within a few minutes ask for help with food, or "buy me a webcam so we can chat better", or "my dad had a heartattack today, can you help me? I've heard theres even online websites teaching girls how to do it! "I left my heart out there, and this guy took advantage of it," the 51-year old Best said.In 2011, the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center received 5,600 complaints from victims of so-called "romance scammers" -- criminals who scan online dating sites, chat rooms and social networking sites for potential victims.