Even after being introduced, it was still some time before it was considered appropriate for a man to speak to a lady or for a couple to be seen together.
Once they had been formally introduced, if the gentleman wished to escort the lady home he would present his card to her.
From buying a woman dinner to opening a door for her, many of today's courting rituals are rooted in medieval chivalry.
If the courting progressed, the couple might advance to the front porch.They then record their victims, play back the recorded images or videos to them and then extort money to prevent them from sending the recordings to friends, family, or employers, often discovered via social media sites such as Facebook or Twitter.The pro-dater differs from other scams in method of operation; a face-to-face meeting actually does take place in the scammer's country but for the sole purpose of manipulating the victim into spending as much money as possible in relatively little time, with little or nothing in return.The scheme usually involves accomplices, such as an interpreter or a taxi driver, each of whom must be paid by the victim at an inflated price.Everything is pre-arranged so that the wealthy foreigner pays for expensive accommodation, is taken not to an ordinary public café but to a costly restaurant (usually some out-of-the-way place priced far above what locals would ever be willing to pay), and is manipulated into making various expensive purchases, including gifts for the scammer such as electronics and fur coats. After the victim has left, the merchandise is returned to the vendors and the pro-dater and their various accomplices take their respective cut of the take.
The scam usually ends when the victim realizes they are being scammed or stops sending money.