“Frankly, these are the same things that 20-somethings are considering, but 50-somethings haven’t been read the riot act. The problem with the digital age is that you have fake friends/romances.

Know that these scams are out there,” said Saltz, who is a former relationship expert for Our Time.com, the 50 and over singles site. Unless you’re spending significant time with this person in real life, it’s not real.” Out of the 50-and-over demographic, women tend to be more targeted by online dating scammers.

A February 2013 FBI press release points to women as the most preyed upon population of online daters.

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One member of that group, who asked that her identity be withheld, is a recently divorced 51-year-old mother of three who told Fox how she met a man on a popular dating website – but that in a matter of a few days, their online courtship went offline. People who are scamming really prey on people who are vulnerable, and people over 50 are more vulnerable.” The most common online dating frauds are catfishing – someone who uses social media to create false identities to deceive – and other financial scams.

“At first, we went out to public places, and it wasn’t until after he spent the weekend at my house that he revealed he was living on his friend’s couch,” she said. “Financial scammers are motivated by money,” Davis said.

After a month of “emergencies”, Peter* became suspicious and researched his cyber crush.

It wasn’t until they arranged an in-person meeting that his cyber-crush claimed emergency after emergency – each, she said, prevented her from traveling.

Every day for about a month, they would talk for hours on the phone, constantly exchanging emails and photos.

I would never online date again.” Another web dater, who also asked that his identity be withheld, is a 52-year-old single man who told Fox how he clicked with a woman who claimed to be in her final year of medical school.

“They try to create a connection with you in the hopes of eventually reaching deep into your bank account.

Building a relationship with you is a financial investment for them. They look to fill a void and create an emotional outlet for themselves that doesn't exist or can't be revealed to others in their life,” Davis said. Gail Saltz, clinical associate professor of psychiatry at The New York Presbyterian Hospital Weill-Cornell School of Medicine, attributed it to lack of digital know-how.

One of the most persecuted, least understood groups of people on the planet.

Blending ideas of occult magic with Wiccan and pagan traditions, practitioners of witchcraft have been labelled everything from demonic to jesters.

For most of their history, witches were treated with savagery and contempt; they were frequently run from towns during ‘witch hunts’ and, worse, burned at the stake for their heretical beliefs in black magic. Sometimes, merely eccentric women or artists or alchemists that seemed peculiar to the hierarchical townsmen were cast out as witches.