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This leaves many victims not only embarrassed, but also in financial distress.It is important for online users to be on the look-out for online dating and romance scams.
Online services are an easy, convenient and relatively safe way of forming a relationship, the National Crime Agency said.
But the rapport you can build so rapidly through texts and email also has a dark side because the online services also are producing a "new type of sexual offender." These offenders are less likely to already have a criminal record than most stranger rapists.
Striking up a romance through a dating site or app is a well-established method of meeting people in 2016.
It's also increasingly risky when it comes to rape.
In April earlier this year, Lyne left her home on a Friday evening to meet a suitor that she’d met online. The following Monday, parts of Lyne’s dismembered body were found in a recycling bin in central Seattle.