In the meantime, more and more people are turning to the Internet.AARP recently sent along some interesting (not to mention sobering) information about online dating for the fifty-plus set and invited us to share.It’s one thing if someone posts an ancient photo and looks totally different in person. AARP says in the last six months of 2014, online dating scammers robbed Americans of an estimated million.The FBI describes these scams as an “invisible epidemic.” Online dating fraud, (also known as romance scams), targets unsuspecting users looking online for a true love connection.Sometimes the world appears to comprise two sets of people—those who are looking to meet someone, and those who want to match up every single person they know.Now if we could just figure out how to get them together.
Some forums can only be seen by registered members.Previously, she went on dates with men who turned out not to be her type, or weren’t who they said they were. A former scammer estimates that, over four years, he made more than 0,000 from about twenty victims, both men and women.He said in order to snare women, he’d pose as a financially secure older man, often in the military or engineering professions.Then in March a woman in Troy was scammed out of more than 0,000. The Better Business Bureau of Eastern Michigan says crimes like these are becoming more and more common.“The Better Business Bureau has a tool called the scam tracker and it’s actually in our top 10 most likely scams to occur to our users” says Melanie Duquesnel, the President and CEO of the Better Business Bureau of Eastern Michigan. You need to ask yourself a few important questions.“What is the intention and if the intention is a relationship and the relationship only happens through text messages or emails and there’s no face-to-face, there’s generally a problem,” says Duquesnel.There is a dangerous side of online dating, but you can protect yourself and a new app is working to change things.