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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.
If you believe you are the victim of an online dating scam or any Internet facilitated crime, please file a report at
Online dating scams continue to rise, costing unsuspecting victims millions of dollars each year.
While the FBI and other federal partners work some of these cases—in particular those with a large number of victims or large dollar losses and/or those involving organized criminal groups—many are investigated by local and state authorities.
Besides spotting a potential scammer, there are a few precautions you can take to avoid online dating scams.