Lonely hearts dating service
The use of online dating sites and mobile dating apps has swelled to unprecedented levels in recent years, creating new paths to dating bliss for modern singles.
Catfishing has become so prevalent that the Oxford English Dictionary has dual meanings for the word.
Some romance scammers seek out a victim with an obscure fetish and will make the victim think that if they pay for the scammer's plane ticket, they will get to live out their sexual fantasy with the scammer.
Other scammers like to entice victims to perform sexual acts on webcam.
The scam usually ends when the victim realizes they are being scammed or stops sending money.
Criminal networks defraud lonely people around the world with false promises of love and romance.