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.
Is it a case of looking for love in all of the wrong places, or just a few bad apples in an otherwise happy bushel?
Sluppick said she believes the toll is higher than the millions of dollars her members have lost, calling online dating scams "one of the most under-reported crimes out there." The embarrassment of being duped and the unwillingness to admit vulnerability is what stops people from reporting the crime, Sluppick said.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.One popular scam, Norton said, is that a man will pose as someone from a woman's hometown who is temporarily working on a government contract in Nigeria.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.