To older readers, the scenario above may have at least a vague, distant familiarity.
But to younger readers, it may be utterly foreign, antiquated and unrealistic—like viewing a scene from an old black-and-white film in a world accustomed to the rapid-fire images of a high-definition action movie.
They get the vital information about the Thailand marriage and the chances of knowing the Thai girls, from the designated dating sites that provide many profiles of the marriageable Thai women, who are interested for marrying the men from any foreign land.
In a typical con, the perpetrator will spend weeks or even months building up a romantic relationship with a victim through e-mails, texts or phone calls, before eventually asking for money.
And many of the scammers aren't even in the United States.
"In the process of going back and forth, a scammer is going to try to figure out what makes a person tick, what their vulnerable spots are," said Jenny Shearer, an FBI spokeswoman.
"Because a victim has legitimate feelings, they might be inclined to offer financial support for this person." For Best, it all started when she signed up for a free online dating site called mingle2.
Instead, in the 21st century, technology is the way to date.
Ask any 20-something and he or she has probably signed up for any number of smartphone apps or online dating sites.
The victims reported collective losses of .4 million, which is likely only a fraction of the actual losses since many victims are too embarrassed to file a report, the FBI said.
About 70% of the victims were female; more than half were women 40 years or older.
While all dating sites have them, Filipino/foreigner dating sites have A LOT more than average.