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You should also consider blocking the person from further contact with you.
If you think you have already been scammed, file a report with the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center.
"A lot of times English isn't somebody's first language, so that's completely understandable. S.-born and their writing just doesn't feel like that of a native-born person, that could be a red flag." That is because online dating scams in particular frequently originate overseas.
Ms Smith said: 'She began talking to him over the video service Yahoo Messenger but he informed her he couldn't send live video of himself due to security risks in Afghanistan - something she accepted.
If you suspect someone is trying to scam you, report your concerns to the dating site.
Reputable sites will shut down accounts that are engaging in questionable activity.
"I was really embarrassed that I could let this happen to me." Before you say to yourself, "That could never happen to me," consider the fact that the FBI recorded some 15,000 romance scams last year, a jump of 2,500 from the year before. Because it is practically impossible nowadays to date without some use of the internet, experts warn that you need to take precautions before jumping into the dating game.
"I was pretty upset because I felt so excited that I thought that I had met somebody," she said.
Illinois chiropractor Lilo Schuster fell for it, and fell hard.