Sadly however, scammers have managed to effectively exploit this trend to further their own nefarious ends.
Many people around the world have been duped into sending money to Internet fraudsters posing as would-be girlfriends or boyfriends.
There are a number of variations on the same basic scam.
In some cases the scammers may be the one to create a profile on a dating site and wait for a potential victim to contact them.
Gradually, he begins to understand what the bad smell coming from the backseat is.
His autopilot disengages, probably never to engage in quite the same way ever again.
Internet dating scammers often used the same names, family details and cover stories in multiple dating scams.