There is usually the promise that the fictitious character will one day join the victim in the victim's country.
The scam usually ends when the victim realizes they are being scammed or stops sending money.
So what does this have to do with a dating site you ask?
Unfortunately, the anonymity of the internet makes it a perfect place for con artists to hide their real intentions while trying to entrap their victims under the guise of romantic interest.
There are usually several people involved in a romance scam (particularly University students) that are networking between the globe eg. They use phone numbers starting with Nigerian country code 234 and redirect to anywhere in the world phone numbers 4470, and 13 and VOIP numbers such as Magic Jack.
Scammers copy and paste photos of attractive women and wealthy businessman from anywhere across the internet and present these fake profiles to lure in their victims.
But the company is extremely popular, boasting 10 million users, which is probably why IAC added another 10 percent to its majority stake in the company on Friday for a reported 0 million.
The popular dating app Tinder claims it has made more than 1 billion matches among its users since launching less than two years ago. Last month, Kristin Shotwell, 21, was walking home from class when her friend told her that he had seen her profile pop up on Tinder while visiting the University of Georgia in Athens.
There was one problem: Shotwell, a junior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, had been nowhere near Athens at the time and had never signed up for Tinder.
People can easily do a reverse look-up on a phone number and see where you live.
Whether their purpose is dangerous or just desperate, you want to steer clear of both of these.