How Online Dating Scams Work and Who Gets Targeted

From a Wall Street Journal story by Bart Ziegler headlined “How Online Dating Scams Work—and Who Gets Targeted”:

About 30% of Americans have tried an online dating service, according to Pew Research Service. Some people have found compatible matches and even longtime partners. But other online romance ventures have ended in frustration, harassment or outright fraud.

Some of the saddest cases have seen people give hundreds or thousands of dollars to someone they met online. Some think they are lending money to help the person through a rough patch. Others believe they are being let in on a savvy investment. Both realize too late—it was a scam.