• Never reply to communications from someone who you meet on a dating site/chat room or social networking website that then wants continue the communication by email.
• If you think a profile is fake, check the website for details on reporting it.
Someone you have started to develop a relationship with online might first ask for money for travel costs, or say they have lost their plane ticket so need to borrow some cash for a new one.
They might say a family member is ill and they need funds for urgent medical treatment.
One includes the scammer telling the victim that they don't have enough annual leave left to come and visit them but that they can buy some from their employer.
This costs around £250 a day, so 10 days will cost £2,500.
In order to release it they claim they have to pay a customs release fee – which is then requested from the victim." Online dating scams are nothing new, but they are on the rise.
• Always guard your privacy online and be careful about what information you share.
The online dating websites say there is little they can do to restrict this type of fraud.
A spokesman for Match.com, Britain's most well-known dating site, said people should apply the same common sense as if in a bar or a pub.
This is the photo gallery of pictures that are most frequently used in scams.
These pictures have been abused by scammers for many years, and in spite of warnings on many scamlists, they STILL keep resurfacing over and over again.
• Never send money or give credit card or online account details to anyone you don’t know and trust.