Susan Shasshaty was nearly a victim of an increasingly familiar dating scam, someone you meet online asks for money. Money Gram seems to be the business of choice for these crooks to collect.
Pete Caddigan oversees the company's security investigations. "It's tough, every day I come in, there is a new scam and a new set of scammers," Caddigan says. "In the state of Virginia, what's interesting is that 50 percent of the total romance scams reported, happen in the first two months of the year.
"Don't fall prey to one of the tactics which is to send compromising photos of yourself, because if you get nervous about the fraudster now asking you for money and you challenge him or her on that, then they will have those compromising photos," Caddigan warns.
Once the crooks have your money, there's little chance you'll get it back.
Fortunately the vast majority of our members never encounter a situation where their safety is under threat. Just like crossing the road or meeting new people in any environment, including a Church or in the course of a job, it is usually very safe but it is necessary to take care and some precautions.
And even if you have met them - sending them money is a very bad idea.
Well, we're not going to tell you the exact details because we don’t want the scammers to know!
It is rare to hear about any kind of violence or assault but most problems we hear about are: , are by far the most dangerous presence on Internet dating sites.
Very simply, they are people both male and female who will try and build a relationship with you and then attempt to fraudulently obtain money from you.