Dating and romance scams often take place through online dating websites, but scammers may also use social media or email to make contact.
They have even been known to telephone their victims as a first introduction.
As part of our efforts to educate you about online dating safety we would like to discuss sex trafficking.
While we have never personally heard of a sex trafficking case on any of our websites, we still think you should be aware of all the facts to stay safe online.
In an ironic twist, technology - meant to keep us more connected - has made our love relationships more complicated than ever.
The first step to trapping their potential victim is to get her emotionally involved.
Feeling uncomfortable or being afraid in your relationship is the number 1 red flag that your relationship is not healthy.
Estimates are that 1 out of 4 women will experience an abusive relationship and there are often many early, detectible warning signs. Controlling behaviors often are the first indicators – anything they ask or demand you do to change who you are, your appearance or behavior seem like simple, compromise-type relationship concessions but are often veiled warning signs that this relationship may turn abusive.
According to relationship experts, emotional manipulators prey on your vulnerabilities and often use your own words against you in order to get what they want - and just when you have hit your breaking point, they lure you back in with a touching apology and the promise of change.
However, Beatty Cohan, a psychotherapist and author based both in New York and Saraosta, Florida, said there are clear signs your partner is an emotional manipulator, explaining that once you start noticing them, you need to leave the relationship immediately, before it becomes any more toxic.
The author of For Better, For Worse, Forever: Discover the Path to Lasting Love explained that people in these types of relationships aren't miserable all of the time; there can be bouts of time when things are going great, and that's when confusion really sets in.'You feel like you are on a roller coaster ride,' Beatty said, noting that 'the earlier you get out, the better' because you'll find yourself in a circular relationship that wears you down and makes you feel bad about yourself.