"I feel badly for these guys; they're excited, they want to go out and meet someone," said FOX40 relationship expert Joey Garcia."Sometimes that excitement overrides our common sense.These criminals—who also troll social media sites and chat rooms in search of romantic victims—usually claim to be Americans traveling or working abroad. While their most common targets are women over 40 who are divorced, widowed, and/or disabled, but every age group and demographic is at risk. You’re contacted online by someone who appears interested in you.He or she may have a profile you can read or a picture that is e-mailed to you.SACRAMENTO -- Over the past couple of weeks, the Sacramento Police Department has seen an increasing trend in robberies involving men and online dating.They say there have been at least 10 separate incidents throughout the city where male victims have set up dates with a female through a variety of social forums, only to have the encounters go horribly wrong. It's mainly males looking for females in a dating situation," said Sgt. Police say two of the incidents just happened Thursday in the Land Park area, when unsuspecting men met who they thought was going to be a woman for a date, but instead had at least two male co-conspirators approach them armed with guns and rob them.The excitement of meeting and connecting with someone new is something most of us can relate to.
But the increased number of rapes indicates that you need to keep your wits about you when meeting strangers.
Friends said Lyne met Charlton a few months earlier through an as-yet-unnamed online dating site.
Charlton reportedly has a lengthy rap sheet, including misdemeanor assaults — but it’s unlikely his dating profile mentioned that detail.
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.