While the FBI and other federal partners work some of these cases—in particular those with a large number of victims or large dollar losses and/or those involving organized criminal groups—many are investigated by local and state authorities.We strongly recommend, however, that if you think you’ve been victimized by a dating scam or any other online scam, file a complaint with our Internet Crime Complaint Center (The profiles were fake as well, carefully crafted to match your interests.

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Millions of Americans visit online dating websites every year hoping to find a companion or even a soulmate.

Finally, the FBI advises not to send money through any wire transfer service to someone you met online.

If you believe you are the victim of an online dating scam or any Internet facilitated crime, please file a report at

Alaska’s FBI data for 2016, which led to an online report calling Alaska the nation's most dangerous state last month, shows a rise of more than 16 percent in rape cases that year-- which included 960 rapes and 89 attempted rapes.

Although Alaska’s data didn’t include specific categories for rapes resulting from online dating, a VICE News report from 2016 said the United Kingdom reported a 450 percent rise in reported rapes linked to online dating over the previous five years.

He may also send you checks to cash since he’s out of the country and can’t cash them himself, or he may ask you to forward him a package. You were targeted by criminals, probably based on personal information you uploaded on dating or social media sites.

The pictures you were sent were most likely phony lifted from other websites.

As Rebecca Mc Grath, research analyst at Mintel says: “The popularity of free dating apps has made a big impact on online dating over the last several years by dispelling perceptions, opening up online dating to a new market and driving mobile usage.