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Love stories about online dating

Web-based dating services first popped up in the mid-1990s and are now a $2 billion industry.

The FBI says that Americans lost some $82 million to online-dating fraud in just the last six months of 2014.

She filled out a questionnaire and carefully crafted her profile.

It would have been easy to burnish the truth, but she presented herself honestly, from her age (57) and hobbies ("dancing, rock collecting") to her financial status ("self sufficient").

Two sharp blows that had left her alone in her late 50s. His cancer took him swiftly, before she had time to process what was happening.

It had been over two years since the death of her husband of 20 years; four, since she had lost her mother.

And she was full of questions, about him and about online dating in general.

"It is kind of a strange way to meet people," she wrote, "but it's not as cold as hanging around the produce department at the Kroger's." She also mentioned the deception she'd already encountered on previous dates — "lots of false advertising or 'bait and switch' folks," she wrote.

The mainstreaming of online dating is a revolution in progress, one that's blurring the boundaries between "real" and online relationships.