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Don’t fall for it: there’s nothing wrong with staying in touch via the dating site.

Scammers are good at being charming and saying all the right things—and they start it fast.

Anyone can be the target and victim of these scams—men, women, young, old, gay, straight, white, black, Asian, Hispanic… But the FBI states that women who are “over 40, divorced, widowed, and/or disabled” are prime targets for scammers.

If you fall into this category, be especially wary of people that you meet through dating websites.

Again, both men and women can and have fallen victim to online dating scammers, but women tend to be targeted more aggressively.

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.

The photos used by scammers can also clue you in that something is off.

If someone sends you a message and says they’d like to get to know you, save a copy of their picture and use Google’s reverse image search to see if anyone has posted about that photo being used for a scam.

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