The chances of recovering your money are very slim.
One way to steer clear of these criminals altogether is to stick to online dating websites with nationally known reputations.
He may also send you checks to cash since he’s out of the country and can’t cash them himself, or he may ask you to forward him a package. You were targeted by criminals, probably based on personal information you uploaded on dating or social media sites.
If you believe you are the victim of an online dating scam or any Internet facilitated crime, please file a report at
These one-on-one services are more expensive than online dating sites. adults agreed with the statement, “People who use online dating sites are desperate;” but in 2013, only 21 percent of adults agreed with the statement.
The stigma once associated with online dating is disappearing. Now, 87 percent of males and 83 percent of females agree with the statement, “Online dating is socially acceptable.” But, even with this shift, online dating and mobile apps still face ongoing challenges.
While the FBI and other federal partners work some of these cases—in particular those with a large number of victims or large dollar losses and/or those involving organized criminal groups—many are investigated by local and state authorities.
We strongly recommend, however, that if you think you’ve been victimized by a dating scam or any other online scam, file a complaint with our Internet Crime Complaint Center (