"Online dating sites are not advertising channels…[but] think of how many people are online at once," said O'Hearn.
Traditionally, most romance scams have originated in Nigeria, Ghana, Ivory Coast or Vietnam.
These websites regularly scan for potential fraud and delete suspicious accounts.
If you believe you are the victim of an online dating scam, you should report it to both the online dating website and the FBI at
Many of those being targeted are senior citizens longing to get back in the dating pool."I got lonely and I spent a lot of time on the computer playing games, and I just happened to go to the date site," Janet Cook told us.