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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.Online dating services are booming businesses, and the boomers who are joining them are doing so in big numbers.

The woman obliges and loans him the money, only to learn later that she fell for an online scam.

None of this surprises Barb Sluppick, who runs a website called Romance Scams -- the tagline of which is "Romance Scams offers Support, Education, and Healing For All Who Find Their Way Here." The site currently has registered 17,323 members who have reported a combined $14 million loss to scammers.

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 $5,000 to bribe the officials to leave the country.

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?