Most dating sites are full of them, and many sites don't bother to get rid of scammers - because scammers look good...scammers use model photos, have nice profiles, and that attracts more members.

He is described as widowed, works in engineering, is average height - 5ft 10in - and again has no political leanings.

His body type is described as average, and photos used are often taken from a distance, and simply wearing a button down shirt.

Facts: If they can email a photo to you, they can email a photo to the site to be added to their profile for free.

The scammer is creating email address lists which will be sold worldwide and used for all sorts of purposes.

They may want you to buy something with the money and send to them - or their trip falls through and they ask you to send the money back.

Scammer sends you counterfeit cashiers checks and you end up losing the money you sent to them.

They may give you their email address and ask you to send photos to them of you and your family.

If you do, they will have your email address and also your photos to use to convince other victims that they are 'real'.

Now, a study has revealed just what a typical scammer looks like - from their eye colour to their posture and even their political stance.

Scroll down for video Experts at Scamalytics, who provide anti-scammer software to dating sites, sift through millions of fake profiles every year.

The most common fake male profile, meanwhile, has light brown hair and is in his forties.