And if so, how can you avoid dating scams that might lurk there as well? residents paid 0 million on online dating and personals in 2006, capturing the largest segment of paid content anywhere on the World Wide Web.

If you’ve ever been tempted to try online dating, you’re not alone. Online dating scams range from minor white lies to outright thievery.

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Typically, a man comes into contact with a scammer through an online dating agency.

The scammer will have photos showing a young and attractive woman though her profile may say she’s from America or England.

The scammer will later explain that she’s from Russia but couldn’t select it as an option on the dating site.

In the first few letters the scammer will say what a good woman she is and how hard life is in Russia.

Although some of these scams are certainly predictable, others are less so (especially the third and fourth scams).

Naturally, we offer tips to help you protect yourself from these online dating scams.

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