We strongly recommend, however, that if you think you’ve been victimized by a dating scam or any other online scam, file a complaint with our Internet Crime Complaint Center (Before forwarding the complaints to the appropriate agencies, IC3 collates and analyzes the data—looking for common threads that could link complaints together and help identify the culprits. Here are some tips on how to avoid becoming a victim of an online dating scam.One way to steer clear of these criminals altogether is to stick to online dating websites with nationally known reputations.
Likewise, evaluating a dating site before using it is essential, and it will bring you that much closer to finding a good match.
In addition to losing your money to someone who had no intention of ever visiting you, you may also have unknowingly taken part in a money laundering scheme by cashing phony checks and sending the money overseas and by shipping stolen merchandise (the forwarded package).
In another recently reported dating extortion scam, victims usually met someone on an online dating site and then were asked to move the conversation to a particular social networking site, where the talk often turned intimate.
Online dating once was something people had to keep secret, and was treated as the domain of people who couldn't get a "real" date.
But online dating has gone mainstream, and a 2010 survey found that about 17 percent of people who had married in the previous three years met their spouses online.