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"These people are hiding their identities, and trying to prove it wasn’t a gift is difficult.
Cyber criminals are also notoriously difficult to catch."In order to sue someone, you have to know who they are," Jef Henninger, an attorney in New Jersey. 'Every time the scammer asked me for money I told them about the previous scammer and how upset I was by that. I believed every time this would come true, but it didn't,' he said.Just a few months later, Mr Ivey met Brenda Campbell via a Facebook dating group.“There was one woman who got scammed for over a million dollars, her whole retirement nest egg,” says Farquhar.
The CR survey found that 35 percent of respondents who’ve tried online dating felt they had been grossly misled by someone’s online profile, and 12 percent said they’d been scammed.
This makes it hard for the victim to do due diligence.