According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), complaints about impostor ploys such as the romance scam more than doubled between 20.
The FBI says that Americans lost some million to online-dating fraud in just the last six months of 2014.
Amy was charmed — Duane was nothing like the local men she'd met so far.
She filled out a questionnaire and carefully crafted her profile.
It would have been easy to burnish the truth, but she presented herself honestly, from her age (57) and hobbies ("dancing, rock collecting") to her financial status ("self sufficient").
Web-based dating services first popped up in the mid-1990s and are now a $2 billion industry.
As of December 2013, 1 in 10 American adults had used services such as Match.com, Plenty of Fish and e Harmony.
This seemed to be one of the problems with online dating.
She resolved to be pickier, only contacting men who were closely matched — 90 percent or more, as determined by the algorithm pulling the strings behind her online search. Back in college, she'd studied computer science and psychology, and she considered herself pretty tech-savvy.
successful, spiritually minded, intelligent, good sense of humor, enjoys dancing and travelling. In those first weeks, she exchanged messages and a few calls with men, and even met some for coffee or lunch.
But nothing clicked — either they weren't her type or they weren't exactly who they said they were.
The mainstreaming of online dating is a revolution in progress, one that's blurring the boundaries between "real" and online relationships.