Senior internet dating scams

We all want love in our lives, no matter what age we are!

But maintaining healthy relationships – romantic and otherwise – becomes even more important in our 50s, 60s and beyond.

We’re joined today by professional dating coach, Lisa Copeland, who deals exclusively with women over 50.

She’s here to offer some tips that can help us safely navigate and enjoy the world of online dating over 50. Scammers are an unfortunate reality of the online dating world.

*Names have been changed to protect identities A short message sent on a Thursday evening in early December 2013, under the subject line: Match? She signed up for a six-month subscription to Match.com, the largest and one of the oldest dating services on the Web.

Caution is key, considering that 6,000 people complained of confidence frauds totaling .3 million in the second half of last year, the Internet Crime Complaint Center reports.

In addition, one estimate says only 1 in 44 financial fraud victims report what has happened, often out of embarrassment or fear that their children will want to take control of their finances.

"This is such an underreported crime," said Amy Nofziger of the AARP Fraud Watch Network.

February may be the month of hearts and flowers, but it's also prime time for financial cons, from imposter fraud to the "sweetheart scam." The reasons for the seasonal lift in these scams are simple enough.

Many people, still keeping with their New Year's resolutions, are looking for love and are especially vulnerable to scammers.

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