Internet dating scam statistics
They will send you the Money Orders or checks and ask you to deposit them into your bank account and then wire the money to them via Western Union.Usually they say to keep some money for your trouble.
The smaller your internet footprint the better, say investigators.
As internet users become more aware of the risks, criminals become more savvy at scam techniques used to steal your money.
Scam and fraud methods range from romance scams, investment scams, identity theft and business fraud.
According to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre, only 5 percent of all victims report the crime.
Investigation companies like Wymoo and internet privacy advocates urge consumers to guard their private information and avoid posting personal information on the internet, whenever possible.
Law enforcement agencies are increasingly working cases where the criminal obtained information about his victim via the internet.