What they find is a plethora of online dating sites that promise romance, true love and fun.
"The story was getting more and more bizarre," she says.
"But I hung on and kept communicating because I wanted to see the end of the movie." The ending came as no surprise to experts on romance scams.
The Better Business Bureau listed online dating sites among its top 10 scams for 2011, and one consumer advocacy group says its members have lost millions from online dating scams.
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?
They'd hit it off right away, and he said he lived just outside of Phoenix, which seemed relatively proximate to a woman in remote Yuma, Ariz. First, he was traveling through India with his daughter.
Then the daughter became ill and had to be hospitalized.
"They slowly become part of the victim’s dreams." Sluppick’s organization provides support and education to those who lose their hearts -- and often a chunk of their finances -- to scammers.
Chances are you've tried an online dating site in hopes of finding true love.
Western Union agreed in January 2016 to a 6 million settlement with the FTC over allegations of looking the other way and allowing fraud and money laundering.
Western Union received at least 44,500 complaints about online dating and romance scams, with losses totaling at least million, between 20, the FTC’s Todd Kossow says.
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.