Some of the most popular traditional apps addressed the locally relevant “needs” of African society.

"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.

A man calling himself "John" messaged her and through daily phone calls and messages on Facebook, he gained her trust.

In 2011, the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center received 5,600 complaints from victims of so-called "romance scammers" -- criminals who scan online dating sites, chat rooms and social networking sites for potential victims.

The victims reported collective losses of $50.4 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.

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.

Here are the top ten dating apps we found on the continent, listing the countries where they were particularly popular: Zoosk Countries: Algeria, Nigeria, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, South Africa Calling itself the number one dating app, Zoosk allows singles to chat with other local singles.

A special feature is the “Behavioral Matchmaking™” engine which will set a user up with their “perfect match”.

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CNNMoney's attempts to reach "John" on his international phone number provided by Best revealed that it was based out of Nigeria -- a hotbed for online scams -- and has since been disconnected. Victims are then prompted to pay to have their name removed from the site.