People lose money in online dating scam

A new Internet scam is tricking people who are looking for love. Conmen buy "scam packs" online for a few dollars. They include love letters, photos, videos and fake identities. The conmen pretend to be looking for love on dating sites. They write to people. They then ask for money. They give many reasons why they need money.

Thousands of people get scammed online, mostly women. They lose an average of $12,500. Their average age is 59. The police talked about the damage the scams do to people. The emotional damage is bigger than the lost money. People should never give money to strangers online, even if that person tells a very sad story.