The scammer weaves a story of a successful business person working over seas, having no family; they present themselves as a thoughtful, caring and loving individual who is looking for their soul mate.
They have landed in a hotel and now cannot pay the bill so the hotel is holding all their papers so they cannot leave.
They are desperate to come to you but need your help with the money to manage that.
As the relationship develops, your exchanges become more intimate.
The person you have fallen for will probably send you their photograph and give you a pet name.
You register with an internet-based dating agency or join an online dating chat room.
You receive a contact from someone who shows an interest in you.
There can be several scammers at any one time using the same name and photo to steal from their victims.
A check or money order is only a promise to pay or provide funds.
They may be from overseas, or they might tell you they are in the same country as you.