Usually they say to keep some money for your trouble.

Needless to say, those Money Orders or checks are no good, and not even worth the paper they're printed on.

“Most of our cases involve sextortion,” said the cybercrime officer.

“We have some records, yes, but no statistics,” an officer at the Cybercrime unit of the police told the Sunday Mail.

Many people caught up in romance scams are ashamed to report it because they feel foolish.

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Police are warning online love-seekers to be careful after a Nanaimo, B.

The extent of identity theft, especially of images, is also a problem, and as evident in the Sunday Mail investigation, they are not always aware they are being used in this way.

In 2010 Nicosia-based businessman Marcus Platrides, then 29, discovered that women living in Sweden, the US and Canada had been sending money to Istanbul to someone who claimed to be him, or at least, to have his face and body.Then there is a recovery scam - a scammer recontacting you pretending to be FBI, EFCC or any other authority, telling he can help you recover your money... And finaly there is a "stuck parcel" scam, when they supposedly sent you goods/gifts, but they got stuck somewhere on the way (for example, on the customs) and you have to pay to "customs" or some bogus shipping company to get them.All types of scams are described in details on Romancescam.The woman from Canada informed him that someone had been using photos of him on a dating site to lure women into an “online” relationship and then trick them into sending him money.Nigerian scam comes in many forms: 419 scam, when they offer to transfer millions of dollars into your bank account, or lottery scam, when they tell you that you've won something in some bogus lottery.They then ask for more money, supposedly for more expenses, such as the travel expenses of the ‘groom’ or ‘bride’ that never comes,” says a warning on the Cyprus police website.