EDITORIAL: Love online comes with lots of risks
EDITORIAL: People meet and fall in love over the internet all the time - a recent study shows that's how up to a third of recently married American couples met.
There's something deeply romantic about the idea that you can fall in love with someone you've never met, but it's inherently dangerous to open your heart, let alone your wallet, to a stranger.
All types of scam are abhorrent, preying on people's naivety, vulnerability and occasionally, on their greed.
But romance scams are the lowest of the low, targeting lonely people, exploiting their trust and their very human desires - the need to be loved.
With thousands of people falling victim to such scams every year, that old cliche, "love is blind", has a modern, dangerous twist.
People who find romance online simply can't afford to be blind to the dangers.
For the sake of Sharonlee Cordell, I sincerely hope her African "husband" is not just tall, dark and handsome but true to his word.
The odds aren't necessarily in her favour - but if it's true love, as she insists, I hope they will overcome all obstacles.