You can say you're a nurse or an executive but don't mention where or how much you make.

Be aware of sounding needy and lonely in your profile. What They Tell You About Themselves Often, they will tell you they were born in England to a British mother and Italian father.

The victims reported collective losses of $50.4 million, which is likely only a fraction of the actual losses since many victims are too embarrassed to file a report, the FBI said.

About 70% of the victims were female; more than half were women 40 years or older.

Recently, I started working with a private client who was emotionally involved with a scammer. He was attentive, offered up beautiful poetry and had found a way to identify with her deepest pain.

Yet when I shared why it sounded like she was becoming attached to someone who was less than honest, she was shocked and couldn't believe this nice man she spoke with on a daily basis was about to take advantage of her.

"I left my heart out there, and this guy took advantage of it," the 51-year old Best said.

In 2011, the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center received 5,600 complaints from victims of so-called "romance scammers" -- criminals who scan online dating sites, chat rooms and social networking sites for potential victims.It makes you perfect prey for scammers looking to hook you into their scams. They Live Outside The US These men will often say they live in metropolitan cities in the US but their work takes them elsewhere in the world. and, of course, to wait for him because he can't wait to meet you. Scamming Women Is Their Job Most of these men are from developing countries. Men there who are willing to con you have learned that in a couple of hours a day, they can easily communicate with women in the US, find their weak spots and make a fortune. They give themselves romantic names like Valentino and Antonio.They speak with British accents, something American women easily fall for. They will send you pictures of themselves and they're usually drop dead gorgeous. They are often shots of handsome models posing in hats, sunglasses, holding products like beer or wine standing in front of tall buildings in urban landscapes, or posing by expensive cars. What They Talk About As you chat for hours every day, scammers will find your weak spots.Armed with their fake identity, the scammer proceeds to forge a bond with you.They often communicate with you for weeks and months so you think you are getting to know them better while it is actually all part of their master plan.Once the relationship is established, they will seek financial assistance. For example, scams where the victim is blackmailed using compromising photos or videos like in the ‘Ashley Madison’ case. No one wants to think that they could be taken advantage of by an internet dating scam and yet hundreds of people are every single year.