Here are the four most common dating scams and what you can do to avoid them.

Just like face-to-face dating, singles online try to put their best foot forward.

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In some cases, they may eventually attempt to lure a person into sending money or unknowingly committing crimes, such as smuggling drugs into other countries.

Scams evolve constantly, and we cannot even start to try and describe all the shapes they can have.

For weeks, even months, you may chat back and forth with one another, forming a connection. But ultimately, it’s going to happen—your new-found “friend” is going to ask you for money.

So you send money..rest assured the requests won’t stop there.

You’re asked almost instantly for your email address and are suddenly inundated with spam. And then use a separate address (as we suggested above) that you can easily cancel if you start to get a lot of spam.

Certainly the most common serious, and perhaps the most hurtful, the shakedown is an online dating scam usually run by an overseas woman (or even more common, a man posing as a woman).

Dating scams are probably as old as civilization itself.

But like all things driven down the information super highway, online dating is one way dating scams have picked up speed.

We do hope, however, that these examples and resources will help alert you to the indicators of some common scams and actions you should take to protect yourself and your family and friends: Take precautions to avoid being a target of crime: Do not wear conspicuous clothing or jewelry and do not carry excessive amounts of money.

Do not leave unattended luggage in public areas or accept packages from strangers.

But online dates have the advantage of hiding behind a computer, making them seem a whole lot “dreamier” than they really are.