An email relationship progresses, Norton said, and the woman eagerly awaits the man's return home.
But just before his return date, he emails that he was robbed of his documents and money and needs ,000 to bribe the officials to leave the country.
Online dating services are booming businesses, and the boomers who are joining them are doing so in big numbers.
People aged 50 and older represent 25 percent of membership on the popular dating site -- a 45 percent jump in the last five years, a spokesman said.
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There is no attempt to verify the information someone posts -- something the sites are generally upfront about.And there is a class action lawsuit pending in the U. District Court that claims more than 60 percent of the profiles on are fraudulent -- something spokesman Matthew Traub calls an "unfounded allegation in a money-seeking litigation." Then there is another, perhaps darker, side to the consumer complaints: People reporting that they were bilked out of money by those they connected with through an online dating site.The Better Business Bureau listed online dating sites among its top 10 scams for 2011, and one consumer advocacy group says its members have lost millions from online dating scams.does not do background checks and tells subscribers as much.The site has 100 investigators whose job it is to read and approve every profile before it's posted, and there are checks for stolen credit cards.These pictures have been abused by scammers for many years, and in spite of warnings on many scamlists, they STILL keep resurfacing over and over again.ALL PICTURES ARE STOLEN FROM INNOCENT THIRD PARTIES.But not everyone who hopes to find a mate online is falling blissfully in love.There have been a rash of complaints against online dating sites, according to the Better Business Bureau.But the site is forthright about the fact that it does not conduct background checks, Traub said.It also attempts to educate its subscribers by plastering the site with cautions like "don't wire money to anyone" and "once you go off-site, can no longer monitor the match," he said.