Common sweetheart scams involve people misrepresenting themselves in order to trick their victims into committing check fraud or sending them money. Sweetheart scams are usually conducted through dating websites.
The most common sweetheart scam is conducted by a con artist posing as a very attractive or successful person from a foreign country. The criminals target members of the dating website and befriend them. Once they have gained their victim's trust, they feign financial trouble and ask the victim to send them money. Sometimes the scam artists claim they are unable to cash their paychecks and request their victims cash the check and send them the money. The paychecks, however, are fraudulent, and the victim is left responsible for loss of funds. Other con artists using the sweetheart scam pose as soldiers stationed overseas who are in need of financial assistance.