If a retail site requests personal information, most are reluctant to give it.
But when people use a dating site, they sometimes bring emotions, vulnerability, or feelings of loneliness along in their dating search.
Dating websites are the perfect place for scammers.
While most users are searching for love, Internet scammers are searching for victims.
I feel that I have been ripped off."Other readers have tried to get their money back, but were unsuccessful."I tried repeatedly to cancel membership, and was not only continually billed, but despite five phone calls and reassurance with each call that a manager "at headquarters" would call me to resolve matters, I was never contacted," said Belinda of Vermont.
"It may be that I'm still erroneously being billed after not using the service for over three years."Did and messages since I signed up 4 to 6 per day.
Victims have also reported money requests for health issues, family funeral arrangements, and a host of other bleak sounding circumstances.
Whatever else may result from the hack attack, it sent consumers' perceptions about e Harmony into the cellar, as determined by a Consumer Affairs sentiment analysis of about 140,000 social media postings over the last year.e Harmony sentiment seems to have profited from e Harmony's downfall, showing a distinct uptick over the last few weeks, as determined by a Consumer Affairs sentiment analysis of about 110,000 social media postings.
This is an ideal situation for the Internet scammer, as they typically count on people to be preoccupied with achieving positive online dating results.
The 2011 Internet Crime Report consisted of 314,246 complaints last year.
The report also showed that lonely, middle-aged, and elderly people are at equal risk of being tricked by a romance scam.
People over the age of 40, those divorced, widowed, or disabled, are also common targets of dating site scammers.