"I left my heart out there, and this guy took advantage of it," the 51-year old Best said.
In 2011, the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center received 5,600 complaints from victims of so-called "romance scammers" -- criminals who scan online dating sites, chat rooms and social networking sites for potential victims.
And for a lot of men, they don’t know how to approach a woman, and that’s a problem,” Jean said.
“We’ve already provided this infrastructure for people to meet better.
The victims reported collective losses of .4 million, which is likely only a fraction of the actual losses since many victims are too embarrassed to file a report, the FBI said.
About 70% of the victims were female; more than half were women 40 years or older.
Soon they’ll launch an in-depth how-to guide that will help men and women understand each other more so they can online date better — and therefore offline date better.
“For women, especially, a lot of times you get unwanted interactions from men.
If you’re nervous about sending a message to someone you like, start off by sending them a friend request or flirty “hug” or “kiss.” You can also simply “like” someone who catches your eye."In the process of going back and forth, a scammer is going to try to figure out what makes a person tick, what their vulnerable spots are," said Jenny Shearer, an FBI spokeswoman.