According to recent figures, these requests for cash appear to be working.
There were 651 dating scams reported in the three months to August this year, with the average victim paying out £9,589.
Remember when the ringing of the phone used to be the harbinger of good news? I must get at least 30 cold calls a week, each more irritating than the last.
Nowadays, it is more likely to be an oily twerp called Darren selling life insurance or loft insulation.