These scammers are very skilled at building trust and know how to make vulnerable victims fall in love with them.
Regardless of the strength of your feelings towards a correspondent, you should view any requests for money as highly suspicious.
Instead, they may ask their victim to cash money orders or cheques and wire them the proceeds.
Sadly however, scammers have managed to effectively exploit this trend to further their own nefarious ends.
Many people around the world have been duped into sending money to Internet fraudsters posing as would-be girlfriends or boyfriends.
When visiting unfamiliar places with language barriers and different customs, travelers often find themselves the target of unscrupulous individuals looking to take advantage.
Scams in Southeast Asia are no different; most are based around the naive trust of tourists who are enchanted by the people and the place they are visiting.
Internet dating scammers often used the same names, family details and cover stories in multiple dating scams.