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However, while fraud rates are relatively flat, it's becoming more sophisticated, said Molly O'Hearn, Iovations' vice president of operations and co-founder.More than 5,800 romance scam complaints were filed with the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 2014, the last year in which data are available, with a total associated losses topping million.Five years ago, an Austrian woman decided to give online dating a try.

The couple had a few dates, Dirsa said, though police are investigating whether the man she dated is the same person she met online or someone sent to get the money.

The man she dated is described as a white male, in his 50s. Police know very little about him, even though they have a name and an e-mail address.

Within 10 minutes of posting, she had a handful of virtual suitors — and one stood out.

He suggested they ditch the dating site and switch to email.

It's a peak season for online dating, with the number of users usually swelling between New Year's Day and Valentine's Day.

Yet in the quest for love, online daters may find fraud instead.I am a foreigner living and working in Ghana since the last couple of years. I have both their pics so will try to send to everyone to be aware of them I have been on matchcom and lately I have been getting a lot of e mails from Ghana. Never one on a weekend, I usually had to write first.This topic even appears in local newspapers frequently. The frist one was suspicious but I wrote back stating I had no money to send. Finally I pulled the plug and that is when I got flooded with e mails from Ghana. unlike Ghana who don`t have much good looking girls to show off , Russia actually do have the most beautiful girls in the world and it is true that thousands of gorgeous Russian girls marry to ugly men from all over the world !The most common target of online dating scams are women over 40, who are divorced, widowed, or disabled, according to the FBI.The agency warned, however, that "every age group and demographic is at risk." The traditional online dating scam is "A Nigerian guy gets a victim to send money by a wire transfer," said Iovation's O'Hearn.One case began in January 2002, he said, after one woman met a man online through the Yahoo Personals.