The FBI blogged about the extortion scam recently, saying a person would meet someone online and would develop a relationship-- often leading to sexually suggestive chats, texts and even photos. The person would then get a phone call or text from the scammer, saying their name, information, pictures and correspondence had been put on a cheater website like cheaterregistry.com. The only way to remove the information is to pay the scammer a sum of money, usually around $100.
The FBI calls it a simple case of online extortion.
For more of the sophisticated methods used in online scams, and how to best protect yourself, click on the video.
There is a website that tracks online dating scams called romancescams.org. By 2011, the website reported more than $15 million dollars scammed or stolen from people using online dating deceit.
The website also includes a quiz that you can take yourself to help determine if the person you are dating is a scam artist.