Many haven't been on the dating scene for decades and, feeling lonely and vulnerable, turn to their nearest computer for help.
Last year in the UK, online dating scammers conned their dates out of £33 million.Anna Moore investigates the crooks who target smart, successful women Using a fake profile on the popular dating site (they operated as ‘Christian Anderson’, a divorced engineer), the pair managed to persuade a newly divorced mother of two to sign over a staggering £1.6 million, some of it her own, the rest borrowed from family and friends.But we will give you a general explanation of what makes them all great.First of all, there are tons of attractive girls on those sites.Using age-old marketing techniques, Christian created a picture of their life together so real that the victim actually went house-hunting for the two of them.
The life he described would all be theirs, if they could just get those few final obstacles out of the way…Dating fraud is becoming more sophisticated, more successful – and more devastating to its victims.
He says he’s single, honest and looking for love – just like you, in fact.
All he needs is a little money to get him through a tricky situation…
Online dating services are booming businesses, and the boomers who are joining them are doing so in big numbers.
People aged 50 and older represent 25 percent of membership on the popular dating site -- a 45 percent jump in the last five years, a spokesman said.
But not everyone who hopes to find a mate online is falling blissfully in love.