Rather than going for a drink on a first date, Alyssa Ramos jets off to exotic locations to meet total strangers - but insists that while she is 'fine' with escorting, what she does is 'not prostitution at all'. Alyssa said: 'You can definitely meet someone in a romantic way. I know I could easily have a relationship but I'm personally not looking for a relationship right now.'Living in Madison - a town of just 250,000 residents - prior to signing up with the website, Alyssa hadn't even travelled outside of the US. I know people in their thirties who haven't even gotten out of their state.'She said: 'I have never spent a dime on Miss Travel. I think a lot of girls can take it too far - I'm the kind of person who is thankful for what they get no matter what.They are offering the chance of finding true love and happiness, and there are plenty of takers!
They also lurk in chat rooms and social networking sites as well as Christian and other religious-based dating sites.
They then spend months chatting up and luring their naive targets with online intimacy.
The rationale is that this type of person is likely to be more desperate, gullible and financially stable.
They then post ads with fake profiles on online dating sites .
They ask if their soul mate can re-ship them to Nigeria.
Or the alternative is to say their wallet has been stolen, hotel owner holding their passport, custom officials need to be bribed, new plane tickets are needed, they have been victimized and put in jail and need money to bribe their way out, or they need money for an operation etc.
Often the scammers use attractive female photo profiles because lots of men will respond to an attractive woman's personal ad based on the photo alone.
They also tend to target middle-aged people looking for stable relationships.
If you think you are being scammed, go to this site and browse all the photos to see if the person you are communicating has a photo on this site. However they also use photos taken from profiles of other people on dating sites, so remember that the photos that scammers use are not photos of themselves - they are photos of innocent victims.