Internet dating fraud
They may tell you everything has been booked but their ticket has been stolen, and you need to send money quickly to get them on the next flight.
Alternatively they may prey on your sympathies, telling you a family member or someone else they are responsible for is ill and they need money for medical treatment.
Scroll down for video Experts at Scamalytics, who provide anti-scammer software to dating sites, sift through millions of fake profiles every year.
By pulling data from these profiles, they have created the average male and female scammer profiles - including everything from their age to their hair, job, eye colour and posture.
"He said he was going to pay me back double," she laughs.
Though the amounts and details of the scam vary from victim to victim, when it comes to romance scams, the con is almost always the same: The crook wants to get a besotted victim to wire money or provide access to a credit card.
You just have to be looking for love, a search that causes you to be more vulnerable than usual.They found the most common female profile, set up for romance scamming purposes, is a brunette in her twenties (29 was the most common age) with blue eyes.Selfies of women with low-cut vest tops were most commonly used, with female fraudsters describing themselves as a student, with no strong political leanings.Scammers will try to get you off the site, so your conversation isn't monitored- Be wary if someone is using very flowery or overly romantic language on their profile- Use Google's reverse image search to check where a photo is used elsewhere on the web.When you think you’ve met the perfect partner through an online dating website or app, but the other person is using a fake profile to form a relationship with you.
She wants me to send money to buy one via her money transfer account.