O’Hearn said her firm has some of the most advanced systems to stop fraudulent users skulking Internet dating communities, but that it only takes a couple of months for scammers to come up with new, more elaborate ways to scam unsuspecting users. At least, as far as one can tell from Tinder: He was a coffee-loving “urban adventurer” from the Midwest and an entrepreneur who walked dogs on the side. So when Nathan (not his real name) matched with Alexandra Tweten, a 28-year-old woman living in Los Angeles, she was eager to start chatting. “It could have been my exact profile,” says Tweten.Los Angeles-based eharmony ( launched in the United States in 2000 with its patented Compatibility Matching System® which allows eharmony members to be matched with compatible persons with whom they are likely to enjoy a long-term relationship.Customer Care Information: Email Support: User [email protected]: 24 Hours, 7 Days a Week Chat Support: Hours: 8am - 5pm Pacific, Monday - Friday Refund Policy: Regarding the Singles Service, the buyer, may cancel the Agreement, without any penalty or obligation, at any time prior to midnight of the third business day following the date of Agreement, excluding Sundays and holidays.
“It appears that they’re much more organized,” said Molly O’Hearn, vice president of operations at Iovation, the Portland Ore.-based fraud protection company. In his free time, he could be found digging through all the right vinyl genres: indie rock, shoegaze, electronic, and new age.“These are all interests of mine as well.”Surely, the universe was somehow trolling her. And refreshingly, he had date ideas that extended beyond the default meet-up at a bar. He apologized, explaining that he had meant to call somebody else. She brushed it off, joking that, for a moment, she thought he might have been “a crazy person.” Apparently offended, he started berating her even more furiously.Tweten did not apologize, but she did hang up, this time for good.“This guy was unhinged,” she says, still trying to make sense of their disturbing exchange.“I’m relieved I hadn’t met up with him or told him identifying information about myself.”As strange as her experience felt, Tweten realized after swapping stories with friends that it wasn’t that unusual: For many women, oddly aggressive, sometimes threatening interactions with men are an all-too-familiar feature of Internet dating.From blackmail to money laundering schemes, online dating websites mask a dark underworld where criminals target unsuspecting victims from behind anonymous usernames, and usually from overseas in what one industry expert called "little sweat shops." Much of the black-market activity has recently surfaced.