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Victims may be invited to travel to the scammer's country; in some cases the victims arrive with asked-for gift money for family members or bribes for corrupt officials, only to be beaten and robbed or murdered.

A rapidly growing technique scammers are using is to impersonate American military personnel.

Scammers prefer to use the images, names and profiles of soldiers as this usually inspires confidence, trust and admiration in their female victims.

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Criminal networks defraud lonely people around the world with false promises of love and romance.

Scammers prey on the victim's false sense of a relationship to lure them into sending money.

A romance scam is a confidence trick involving feigning romantic intentions towards a victim, gaining their affection, and then using that goodwill to commit fraud.

Fraudulent acts may involve access to the victim's money, bank accounts, credit cards, passports, e-mail accounts, or national identification numbers; or forcing the victims to commit financial fraud on their behalf.

Sensitive people are more vulnerable to online dating scams, based on a study conducted by the British Psychological Society.

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