An email relationship progresses, Norton said, and the woman eagerly awaits the man's return home.
But just before his return date, he emails that he was robbed of his documents and money and needs ,000 to bribe the officials to leave the country.
does not do background checks and tells subscribers as much.
The site has 100 investigators whose job it is to read and approve every profile before it's posted, and there are checks for stolen credit cards.
But the site is forthright about the fact that it does not conduct background checks, Traub said.
It also attempts to educate its subscribers by plastering the site with cautions like "don't wire money to anyone" and "once you go off-site, can no longer monitor the match," he said.
But not everyone who hopes to find a mate online is falling blissfully in love.