Every online dating site has its own ways of letting people's relationships develop -- instant message, texting, ways to exchange more photos.
It often progresses to off-site emailing and in-person meets, in which the site has no role.
“I thought he was too good to be true.”Chatting nightly over Yahoo!
Messenger from October 2006 through February 2007, Walter, a self-described white collar engineer and college sports enthusiast, ended up taking the spellbound Meade for the ride of her life.“We were going to get married,” she recalls, fighting back tears.
But the site is forthright about the fact that it does not conduct background checks, Traub said.
It also attempts to educate its subscribers by plastering the site with cautions like "don't wire money to anyone" and "once you go off-site, can no longer monitor the match," he said.
“You never think you can become a victim until it happens to you,” Meade 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?
Truth is, many boomers often reach their 50s and older and find themselves uncoupled, either through death or divorce; they don't know where to turn.
does not do background checks and tells subscribers as much.
The site has 100 investigators whose job it is to read and approve every profile before it's posted, and there are checks for stolen credit cards.