The site posts photos of the scam artists, who are both male and female.Sluppick said she believes the toll is higher than the millions of dollars her members have lost, calling online dating scams "one of the most under-reported crimes out there." The embarrassment of being duped and the unwillingness to admit vulnerability is what stops people from reporting the crime, Sluppick said.Online dating services are booming businesses, and the boomers who are joining them are doing so in big numbers.
Despite Match.com's efforts to educate its members about possible scammers, Traub said that "criminals thrive in every environment. There used to be mail scams." Jeffrey Norton, the lead attorney in the suit filed against and a lawyer at the New York-based firm Newman Ferrara LLP, said he doesn't think the sites go far enough to protect its subscribers, citing the growing volume of complaints.
One popular scam, Norton said, is that a man will pose as someone from a woman's hometown who is temporarily working on a government contract in Nigeria.
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Truth is, many boomers often reach their 50s and older and find themselves uncoupled, either through death or divorce; they don't know where to turn.Also see the video of a 55-year-old widow who lost 0,000 in an online dating scam. Warren is a clinical psychologist and author of eight books on love, marriage and emotional health.In some cases, legitimate romance blooms -- and the hope of that happening seems to fuel the booming memberships on these sites.But the number of complaints being made against them suggests that buyers should proceed cautiously, as the sites cannot promise safety from predators. Sites popular with boomers, like e Harmony.com, and Our (formerly called Senior People Meet.com), charge monthly fees that range from to (less if you sign up using a discount coupon or for multiple months).But not everyone who hopes to find a mate online is falling blissfully in love.