"The algorithms are not scientifically valid and are extremely unlikely to generate compatible matches." In other words, matchmaking sites simply can't account for how two people will get along in person — chemistry, if you will.
And, as it turns out, what we find attractive in a profile doesn't sync up with what we go for in the real world.
"It really can be heartbreaking." Williams urges victims to file a report with their local police department and the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.
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"If you're at the point where you think, 'I want to share my innermost secrets with this person,' you should meet the person within three days.
And if not, head for the hills." Scams often go unreported because victims are too embarrassed to come forward.
But they're good at what they do." And the stories are all too often the same. "They're running the same scam with 1,000 people at the same time." If you don't pony up the cash, the con artist could use your racy photos or adult-themed conversations to extort the money from you.
"You should be sharing only information you'd be happy to share on a 35-foot billboard above your home," Williams said.