Every online dating site has its own ways of letting people's relationships develop -- instant message, texting, ways to exchange more photos.
It often progresses to off-site emailing and in-person meets, in which the site has no role.
Many haven't been on the dating scene for decades and, feeling lonely and vulnerable, turn to their nearest computer for help.
What they find is a plethora of online dating sites that promise romance, true love and fun.
Millions of Americans visit online dating websites every year hoping to find a companion or even a soulmate.
But as Valentine’s Day gets closer, we want to warn you that criminals use these sites, too, looking to turn the lonely and vulnerable into fast money through a variety of scams.
For weeks, even months, you may chat back and forth with one another, forming a connection. But ultimately, it’s going to happen—your new-found “friend” is going to ask you for money.
So you send money..rest assured the requests won’t stop there.
There have been a rash of complaints against online dating sites, according to the Better Business Bureau.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.We strongly recommend, however, that if you think you’ve been victimized by a dating scam or any other online scam, file a complaint with our Internet Crime Complaint Center (Before forwarding the complaints to the appropriate agencies, IC3 collates and analyzes the data—looking for common threads that could link complaints together and help identify the culprits. Here are some tips on how to avoid becoming a victim of an online dating scam.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.