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Among the steps the site takes, they said, are a “pledge” that users must sign in which they promise not to send money or share financial information and to report anyone who asks for either; an anti-fraud “care team” that seeks out and blocks suspected scammers and technology that searches for word patterns and IP addresses associated with fraud.“Since a few of these scammers manage to slip through all of our checks, we educate our consumers and put tools in their hands to protect themselves and report any concerns,” said.
A few months after her husband’s death in 2012, Joanna — who asked her real name not be used to protect her privacy — went on looking for the soul mate she’d never had in her troubled marriage.
She soon got a message from a man who said he was a widowed engineer from Colorado.
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