But there's a dark side to online hookups that may be putting men and women in peril.Matt Doran went to Las Vegas for a scary social experiment in a Crime Watch Daily investigation.
She said she hired the hacker after getting no response from ACORN.
ACORN was formed two years ago to allow victims to report crimes through an online portal.
Private investigator Simon Smith, who was hired by Mr Prescott, said the information he gathered would go a long way to helping Australian and international police to identify the scammers."All you need to do once you have an IP address and time is contact the relevant internet service provider in whatever country it is and, with a law authority, basically ask them, 'Who is the owner of this IP address?
'" he said."And if you are a law enforcement officer, or even through a court, you can subpoena this information, then there's going to be a trail."7.30 has spoken to another woman who hired a US-based professional hacker to track down scammers that cheated her out of almost $300,000 through an online dating service.
The UK's National Crime Agency recently reported that sexual assault associated with online dating had increased by six-hundred percent.
That's a shocking statistic at odds with what has become an accepted way to meet people romantically.
Online dating has become a boom industry, grossing more than billion a year, making it even an bigger money spinner than porn, with 38 percent of all American singles looking for a relationship using dating sites and apps.
But as we discovered there's a dark side to it that's putting women in peril.
It can happen like this: “Maria” signed up for an online dating service and was contacted by “Andrew,” who claimed to be an American overseas on business in Australia.