However, Looking for love in cyberspace can be a very costly and dangerous business as the stories of these South Africans below prove.
Criminals and scam artists know how to work the system for love and money.
The outgoing, high-achiever had been extremely lonely and decided to pay a membership fee for an online dating site last year.
She was drawn to the preacher because his wife had apparently been killed in a car accident a few years before and had not dated since.
Neither company returned a request for comment Monday."Some of the sites do some of the things we're asking for, but we're asking the industry to step it up because there are so many examples of horrible abuses," Shadel said.
And while some sites offer safety tips, they could make the advice more prominent or even require users to read them before joining, he said."As general types of crime have gone down or stabilized, financial exploitation, especially on the Internet, has just been skyrocketing," Shadel said.
– Marika Sboros Cape Town, News24 – After running articles on online dating scams and how criminals prey on emotions, an overwhelming number of readers came forward with their own tragic and sometimes costly experiences.
AARP's Fraud Watch Network wants the online dating industry to institute new safeguards to better protect users.AARP has its own online dating site for seniors powered by How About We.That site has told AARP is it already complying with the group's industry recommendations, Shadel said."When this happens, people can lose their entire life savings." High medical expenses are Americans' biggest financial worry about retirement, topping concerns about running out of money, according to a new report by The report found that 28 percent of Americans said medical costs were the biggest concern and households with income of more than...Maybe most significant, it is asking dating sites to be more proactive, issuing alerts to members who have been in contact with someone using a fraudulent profile.