It used to be parents who worried about their children being picked up by unsavory types in bars and other seedy hang-outs.Now children are worried about their parents being hoodwinked by the scam artists who haunt online dating sites."I am a bit past age 50 --- well educated lady; (I thought that I was so smart that it couldn't happen to me --- my college education is no match for a professional criminal)," said one of a seemingly endless stream of scam victims who hav...Her emails from a Gmail account arrived every two days and at first were full of the little details of her life, like walking in the park with her friends and hanging out for pizza.She sent dozens of pictures of her eating cake, dressed in a bathrobe, lying chastely on the bed, always dressed in white. If you are also using an online dating site, it is easy for a scam artist to cross-check your name with your Facebook profile.
"It just makes it so much easier for people to connect without ever meeting in person, and sort of as a result, never really verifying that the other person is who they say they are." In the latest twist, reported on the next episode of CNBC's "American Greed," con artists are exploiting Americans' respect for the military. Moving your relationship from virtual to real is a big step. If you are not yet comfortable meeting your new friend in person, Hood says to at least try to move away from the confines of the dating site by getting their email address or connecting on Facebook. "If you start getting, 'I'm not sure that I'm comfortable with that yet,' it doesn't mean that they're a scammer, but in my mind it would raise some red flags," Hood said.Unusually for someone her age, Aleksandra had no Facebook, Twitter or Instagram accounts.In fact, there were no online traces of her at all.knows this, yet still collects .99 a month from its Subscribers, all the while perpetuating a scheme to the detriment and d... It's both the most coveted and elusive emotion of all time.Songs are sung about either finding it or recovering from it, screen writers send story lines on unrealistic tangents to secure romantic endings, and books are filled with characters searching and pining for it.But in the last decade or so, the game of looking for love has gotten some new rules, with the venue moving from the bar world to the the cyber world.