shows as much as a third of Americans married since 2005 had met online.
However, criminals are also finding more potential targets — posing under a fake identity and trying to earn trust before asking for money.
Lavalife ( has approximately 1.3 million total profiles worldwide, with the majority in Canada, and members throughout the U. The site’s new feature called “In Common” alerts users to common interests when searching profiles.
“The industry is realizing there’s a gap in the online dating model.
Not everyone meets a match right away and they shouldn’t feel bad. We want to remove the pressure and make this a fun and enjoyable process.” In recent years, online dating has lost much of its stigma.
Daniel Williams of the anti-fraud centre said this is because organized crime can take on such fraud on a massive scale. They're doing the same thing to many people at the same time," he said.
Williams said this means groups can go after small sums of money, as little as , but they have the capability to go after as much as tens of thousands of dollars.
If you do decide to meet someone, use your street smarts.