Therefore, it's imperative that you be proactive to keep yourself safe. Keep an eye out for various red flags that could spell danger.

Be wary of dating profiles and ads that have a lot of spelling and grammar issues, especially if the person claims to be an American that is simply overseas for work.

This could be an indication that he is actually not a native English speaker and, therefore, lying about his true identity and/or background.

* Try to victimize you all over again by pretending to be fellow victims of a dating scam or law enforcement officers pursuing dating scammers.

Law enforcement agencies never ask victims for money or ask for sensitive personal information (like account and Social Security numbers) via e-mail.

No Internet protection is better than your own front line vigilance. Internet dating scams are preventable if you use several lines of defense.

Take steps to protect your personal information before engaging in the virtual dating scene.

This is the photo gallery of pictures that are most frequently used in scams.

These pictures have been abused by scammers for many years, and in spite of warnings on many scamlists, they STILL keep resurfacing over and over again.

They want to make sure you're not law enforcement - and to keep you from seeing them, since they aren't going to look anything like the photo they sent.* Concoct an emergency and ask you to wire money to them.

(Wired money is as good as gone the minute it's sent.)* Ask you to wire them money so they can be with you.* Ask you to handle checks or banking for them in the United States.

Some use photos of models.* String you along for weeks or months before asking you for money.* Send flowers or candy if you seem lukewarm about the relationship.