Interestingly, the AARP says that men fall victim to these scams more often, but that women are more likely to report the scam.Not everyone using online dating sites is looking for love. As if all that isn’t bad enough, romance scammers are now involving their victims in online bank fraud.Wilde was sentenced last year in England to nearly five years in prison for possessing child-pornography and inciting the sexual abuse of a child, according to West-Midlands police spokeswoman Hazel Steer.Wilde, who claimed to suffer from Asperger's syndrome -- a form of autism -- was ordered to sign the sexual offenders register and is banned from working with children for life. "I want to say that I am sorry," she told the court.He had convinced them that he was a diplomat and that a US marine general had fallen in love with them, causing one woman to pawn jewelry, empty her life savings, sell her car, and take out loans to help this general move to the UK. In 2011, the Internet Crime Complaint Center estimated that the online dating scamming “industry” was worth over million, but it’s likely much higher than that, due to the difficulty of making a good estimate.People are often ashamed to come forward and admit that they’ve been duped.
Police collaborated with American authorities to then identify and locate Carr, the documents said.Thirty-three year-old Julie Carr was also convicted of producing child pornography and gross sexual assault and exploitation of a minor."When I see child-pornography, I ask myself: Where are the parents? District Court Judge John Woodcock said, according to the court transcript. Carr, in your case, we know where the mother was." The acts took place in June 2009 when Carr used a webcam to deliver four live videos of herself performing oral sex on her youngest daughter, according to the documents.Online dating can be difficult for women The AARP also says that seniors are a common target of these scams.Again, both men and women can and have fallen victim to online dating scammers, but women tend to be targeted more aggressively.