If the victim doesn't figure out the con after the first request for cash, the crook will keep milking the relationship for as much as he or she can get.When the victim gets wise, the con artist gets scarce. But the increasing popularity of online dating gives them the perfect conditions to proliferate.By then, Morrison knew she was dealing with a scammer."The story was getting more and more bizarre," she says."But I hung on and kept communicating because I wanted to see the end of the movie." The ending came as no surprise to experts on romance scams.
'It supports our belief that the internet does in fact encourage old-fashioned courtship.' After failing to find love through the personal ads of his local newspaper, Robert Hammond was keen to give internet dating a go.Jess Ross, editor of uk, said: 'Online dating is revolutionising the way people meet each other.Switching the computer on could be the first step to success.'According to industry surveys, more than 22million people visited dating websites in 2007, and more than two million Britons are signed up to singles sites.It found that one in five of those who have used dating sites to find their perfect partner have gone on to marry someone they met over the web. , also revealed that more than half of the 1,504 people questioned had been on a date with someone they met in cyberspace.Sixty-two per cent agreed that it was easier to meet someone on a dating site than in other ways, such as in a pub or club, or through friends.