No one wants to think they could be taken advantage by an internet dating scam, and yet hundreds of thousands of people are every single year.

In fact, the US Embassy to Russia receives reports every single day from people concerned they've been scammed by a Russian single looking for love, and the U. Postal Service has created a video about the same topic on its Fake website.

Where the danger lies however, is not their interest in you as a person, but rather that they don't offer any detailed, personal information about themselves in return, or doesn't really answer your emails in a personal manner, but rather changes the topic with each contact.

We refer to these individuals throughout this report as “online daters,” and we define them in the following way: Taken together, 11% of all American adults have done one or both of these activities and are classified as “online daters.” In terms of demographics, online dating is most common among Americans in their mid-20’s through mid-40’s.

Some 22% of 25-34 year olds and 17% of 35-44 year olds are online daters.

Have you ever exchanged emails with someone you met through an internet dating site, just to wonder if its the same person who is replying to your messages each time?

Or perhaps you've briefly thought to yourself that the person on the other end of the communication really needs to employ a spell-checker.

But if your online date also falls into one of the other internet dating scam categories listed here, then you may want to do a bit more investigating, first.

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Compared with eight years ago, online daters in 2013 are more likely to actually go out on dates with the people they meet on these sites.

Some 66% of online daters have gone on a date with someone they met through an online dating site or app, up from 43% of online daters who had done so when we first asked this question in 2005.

Although cliche, the saying holds true for internet dating scams: if the person's photo looks too good to be true, that's because it probably is.

Of course models, actors and other extremely attractive people want to find love too, and you may very well have lucked out in the attractiveness category with the person you are communicating with online.

One in ten Americans have used an online dating site or mobile dating app themselves, and many people now know someone else who uses online dating or who has found a spouse or long-term partner via online dating.