Now she was all by herself in a house secluded at the end of a long gravel driveway. At first, she just tiptoed around the many dating sites, window-shopping in this peculiar new marketplace. It wasn't until the fall that Amy was ready to dive in.
Online dating article 2014 world
Web-based dating services first popped up in the mid-1990s and are now a $2 billion industry.
As of December 2013, 1 in 10 American adults had used services such as Match.com, Plenty of Fish and e Harmony.
She had a website for her business, was on Facebook, carried a smartphone.
But who knew exactly how these online dating services worked?
The picture — outdoor photo, big smile — was real, and recent.
And her pitch was straightforward: Looking for a life partner …
She filled out a questionnaire and carefully crafted her profile.
It would have been easy to burnish the truth, but she presented herself honestly, from her age (57) and hobbies ("dancing, rock collecting") to her financial status ("self sufficient").
But as financial crimes go, the love con was a rare breed, too time- and labor-intensive to carry out in large numbers.