More criminals using online dating to target victims

More and more people are meeting their significant others online, according to recent studies. According to studies, one in six new marriages begin online.

But while online dating may be a relatively new way for people to meet, it’s also become a target for criminals.

In April, federal agents issued a warning about online romance scams, which can cost victims money, safety and even their lives.

Amy Deutsch is single mother.  In January of 2011, she thought she’d found “Mr. Right” on Match.com. She said his photo showed a “good looking, tall, dark and handsome” man.

He even sent her another photo of a man and woman. He said it was him and his mother.

“James” lived in Dallas and had the perfect profile, Deutsch said. He was very smooth and he emailed and called every day.

“Valentine’s Day arrived, so did a dozen roses, so did a teddy bear, so did a card and so did electronic cards,” Deutsch said.

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