They use many different kinds of excuses and reasons why they need money. More women than men were scammed, with 61 per cent of the victims being female.
The police force in London reported 3,900 people being scammed online in 2016. A senior police officer described the damage the scams do to victims.
But at the same time, dating a police officer can be a truly rewarding dating experience.
Conmen can easily buy "scam packs" to help them trick would-be daters into their scam.
The pack is available online and only costs a few dollars.
Having an image of responsibility, authority, and integrity means that police officers number amongst the most sought-after professions to date.
Sure, most members of the force work long and tiring shifts – but with a bit of thought, these long shifts can even work to the advantage of a fledgling relationship.