The online dating scene has changed dramatically over the last couple of decades, and more Americans than ever are looking for their perfect match on the web.

Some people turn to online dating to meet new people and have a bit of fun, while others have a more long-term goal in mind.

Between 20, more than a third of couples who tied the knot began their relationship online.

On average, online daters spend about $240 a year for memberships.

That doesn't include the hundreds or even thousands more they may invest when actually going on dates.

Roughly 80% of people who have set up dating profiles lie about their height, weight, or age.

Aside from fudging their profiles a little, some scammers take things even further by creating a fake identity for themselves entirely.Around 42% of women reported feeling uncomfortable with unwanted contact via a dating site compared to 17% of men.When you're signing up for a dating site, you want to put your best foot forward and sometimes that means bending the truth.All those incidents add up to a pretty penny that victims are getting fleeced out of.Online dating scams involving the exchange of money or property cost victims more than million in 2011 alone.One estimate puts the number of dating sites and apps in the U. at 2,500, and the total number worldwide surpasses 5,000.