Now, a study has revealed just what a typical scammer looks like - from their eye colour to their posture and even their political stance.
Scroll down for video Experts at Scamalytics, who provide anti-scammer software to dating sites, sift through millions of fake profiles every year.
The most common fake male profile, meanwhile, has light brown hair and is in his forties.
Forty-eight was the most common age found across the profiles.
“He was saying all the right things,” she remembered. It’s called a romance scam, and this devastating Internet crime is on the rise.