Co creation of identity and trust in online dating
His name was Doug and he was tall, American and the kind of good looking that makes you wonder if he shared a bit of DNA with George Clooney.
Scammers profit from it by creating thousands of fake profiles on dating websites around the world.
It's what drew Melissa (not her real name) to Doug's online dating profile the winter of 2015.
"I'd been on a couple of dating sites for a while and although it had been fun, I'd never met anyone like Doug," says Melissa.
Now a new television series, (TV3, Wednesday at 9pm), chronicles the growing roll call of internet dates gone horribly wrong, following murder cases in which the victims met their killers on internet sites.
Featuring cases from around the world, including two from Australia, the eight-part series uses police footage and reconstructions.