So how do you avoid falling prey to an internet dating scam in the first place?
Take heed of the following red flags and you'll be much more aware, prepared and ready should someone try and take advantage of you.
The story varies somewhat with each internet dating scam, but the intention remains the same: robbing you of your hard earned cash.
If somebody asks you to wire them cash online - no matter what the reason, no matter how plausible or sad it sounds - don't.
It can be very heady to have an ongoing email chat with someone who is focused entirely on you.