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.Marriage today is completely different than all throughout history.

A helpful definition of romance scams is shared below.

“A romance scam is a confidence trick involving feigned romantic intentions towards a victim, gaining their affection, and then using that goodwill to commit fraud.

Fraudulent acts may involve access to the victims’ money, bank accounts, credit cards, passports, e-mail accounts, or national identification numbers or by getting the victims to commit financial fraud on their behalf.” (Wikipedia) I am well aware of this issue and have done my best to report scammers in the past.

However, due to the sheer volume of fake profiles under many different names on hundreds of social networking and dating sites, it is simply not possible to request the take-down of each fake account or to communicate personally with the hundreds of victims that contact me each year.

Unfortunately, social networking services (e.g., Facebook) typically do little to address this issue when brought to their attention.

As well, I have reported this to my local police and they were unable to do anything due to the fact that these scammers are not within their jurisdiction.

A romance scam is a confidence trick involving feigned romantic intentions towards a victim, gaining their affection, and then using that goodwill to commit fraud.

Fraudulent acts may involve access to the victims' money, bank accounts, credit cards, passports, e-mail accounts, or national identification numbers or by getting the victims to commit financial fraud on their behalf.

In fact, they're someone you could see yourself spending the rest of your life with.