Millions of Americans visit online dating websites every year hoping to find a companion or even a soulmate.

We strongly recommend, however, that if you think you’ve been victimized by a dating scam or any other online scam, file a complaint with our Internet Crime Complaint Center (

Before forwarding the complaints to the appropriate agencies, IC3 collates and analyzes the data—looking for common threads that could link complaints together and help identify the culprits. Here are some tips on how to avoid becoming a victim of an online dating scam.

There are lots of Ghanaian and Nigerian fraudsters, sitting in Internet Cafe`s - online! Many Americans believe this and have parted with as much as $10,000 in hopes of receiving millions of dollars worth of gold when their "friend" arrives in the U.

We also have a list of ALL hospitals, in ALL regions of Ghana (just in case a "Dr." is asking for money..! Since Ghana is known as the Gold Coast most Ghanaian correspondents are able to convince their American friend that they carry their inheritance in the form of gold bars that they will smuggle out of Ghana to start their new life in America.

For weeks, even months, you may chat back and forth with one another, forming a connection. But ultimately, it’s going to happen—your new-found “friend” is going to ask you for money.

So you send assured the requests won’t stop there.

Many unsuspecting investors have been deceived by crooked coin dealers.

Using hard sell techniques like the old bait-and-switch, these dealers push products that are simply poor investments.

The pictures you were sent were most likely phony lifted from other websites.

The profiles were fake as well, carefully crafted to match your interests.

There are many requests, regarding the "Girl" is white. There are victims, who believe, that the person (Men and Woman) is a US citizen or European, just stranded in Ghana or Nigeria / Benin or Ivory Coast - DO NOT BELIEVE ONLINE DATES, asking you for money! EVERY Western Embassy will come to aid to a foreign (US/Europen/Australian citizen, if needed! We have had several cases where the "customs officer" has called the American directly.