To realize that I was the victim of what was apparently someone's sick joke and constant lies was, and is, painful and humiliating.” He continued, “In retrospect, I obviously should have been more cautious.

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In the beginning, I was shocked by the emails I received from men and women claiming they were in love with someone they had never even met in person. Because the idea of being in love seemed to make them lose their ability to think clearly about the situation.

One woman wrote to me because she noticed a few red flags in her “relationship” with her cyber-boyfriend.

For example, every time she scheduled an in person visit he would need to cancel at the last hour due to an emergency or when they had a “Skype date,” he would bail on her.

Even though the writing was on the electronic wall, this woman did not want to see the truth -- the man she thought she loved was a myth.

Once upon a time a boy would meet a girl and fall in love. For Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o, the age old “boy meets girl” scenario has been turned on its head.

In Te’o’s case, it was boy virtually meets girl, falls in love and sadly becomes the possible victim of a ‘sick’ cyber hoax.“I developed an emotional relationship with a woman I met online," Te’O said in an official statement Tuesday."We maintained what I thought to be an authentic relationship by communicating frequently online and on the phone, and I grew to care deeply about her.You may be thinking people who have cyber relationships must be desperate or starved for attention but that is not the case most of the time.I watched as a close friend experienced the pitfalls of Internet romance.My friend is an attractive, successful businessman who met a young Brazilian woman in a singles chat room.