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ONLINE DATING: "MURDERERS, RAPISTS AND CON ARTISTS, OH MY"
APPALACHIAN JOURNAL OF LAW (2014)
  • Phyllis Coleman
Abstract

The launch of the first online dating site in 1995 led to a dramatic shift in the way many people meet their mates. The numbers tell the story. Researchers estimate that in 2011, approximately seventy-five percent of the  fifty-four million singles  in the United States logged on to find that "special someone."' Many found success. In fact, according to recent studies, seventeen percent of marriages last year were between couples that met on the Internet.' Generally, this phenomenon seems like a good thing but there is a dark and potentially dangerous side that exists, along with the potential for psychological and financial harm. This happens because, although most subscribers legitimately search for soul mates, a few look for victims. These predators have a nefarious and illegal plan, general designed to help them obtain money from naive participants. Their schemes vary from minor harm to murder.

 

Keywords
  • ONLINE DATING,
  • MURDERERS,
  • RAPISTS,
  • CON SRTISTS
Disciplines
Publication Date
2014
Citation Information
Phyllis Coleman. "ONLINE DATING: "MURDERERS, RAPISTS AND CON ARTISTS, OH MY"" APPALACHIAN JOURNAL OF LAW (2014) p. 147 - 188
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/phyllis_coleman/10/