But the site is forthright about the fact that it does not conduct background checks, Traub said.
Many haven't been on the dating scene for decades and, feeling lonely and vulnerable, turn to their nearest computer for help.
What they find is a plethora of online dating sites that promise romance, true love and fun.
In some cases, legitimate romance blooms -- and the hope of that happening seems to fuel the booming memberships on these sites.
But the number of complaints being made against them suggests that buyers should proceed cautiously, as the sites cannot promise safety from predators. Sites popular with boomers, like e Harmony.com, and Our (formerly called Senior People Meet.com), charge monthly fees that range from $35 to $60 (less if you sign up using a discount coupon or for multiple months).
These sites, along with dozens of other smaller ones, allow you to post a profile of yourself and view the profiles of others.
There is no attempt to verify the information someone posts -- something the sites are generally upfront about.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.Online dating services are booming businesses, and the boomers who are joining them are doing so in big numbers.People aged 50 and older represent 25 percent of membership on the popular dating site -- a 45 percent jump in the last five years, a spokesman said.But not everyone who hopes to find a mate online is falling blissfully in love.