Hatten said the woman only became suspicious when the man stopped returning her emails. By that point, however, she had already wired him $11,700.
Another common scam sometimes begins as an online job posting promising stay-at-home work and decent paychecks.
Hatten is currently working on the case of a Charleston man who was fooled by scammers promising to pay $700 a week. All he had to do was purchase digital cameras, have them shipped to his house and then ship the electronics to Russia.
He used his credit card to buy the electronics. The company gave the man a bank account number that he could use to reimburse himself. The transactions appeared to go through just fine, so he continued purchasing and shipping the cameras.
Soon, however, the man's bank realized his reimbursements were coming from a fake account. They reversed the charges, and the man lost almost $40,000.
"I'm still trying to help him, but I'm pretty much done," Hatten said.
Hatten said scammers are almost impossible to catch because they usually are located in countries that do not cooperate with United States law enforcement.
And even if the West Virginia State Police had jurisdiction, the criminals leave few traces.
"Western Union has no idea who picks up the money," Hatten said.
Scammers also use prepaid cellphones, which do not have to be registered to an individual and are cheap enough to be discarded after use.
She said the best way to fight Internet and phone scams is not to be fooled in the first place.
If a buyer cannot see a car before he or she purchases it, don't buy the car. If someone calls to say his or her grandson is in jail in Timbuktu, check the story out with his parents.
"Don't send money to anybody overseas," she said.