Take a look at the following article from CNN.

(CNN) — Looking for love this Valentine’s day? Make sure Cupid’s arrow doesn’t hit your wallet.

That’s exactly what happened to Kim Kossie, a single woman in Houston, Texas. Kossie joined an online Christian dating site after a friend recommended it. She thought she had met the man of her dreams … an artist from London.

“He sent these wonderful pictures. This guy was quoting scripture. We were praying everyday,” she says. “It was almost like a dream guy.”

They talked on the phone several times a day, everyday. He was engaging. He gave great advice. He was even supposed to visit her parents in Houston. But then, he started asking for money, with promises to pay her back. In two months, Kossie wired him a total of $2,000. Not to mention the phone bill she was stuck with for $1,500. To this day she has not seen him — or her money.

And sadly, Kossie isn’t alone. Complaints against matchmaking services and online dating sites are at an all-time high according to a February report from the Better Business Bureau. In fact, complaints have risen 73 percent in 2006 from the previous year. This year complaints are on track to reach record breaking levels.

To read the entire article click here.

Now the obvious conclusion one can make from this is simple.

If normal North American dating sites are having these types of problems.

Imagine what types of challenges exist in dealing with International Agencies where you normally don’t even share the same language or culture with the Russian or FSU Lady you are trying to “date”.

I’m certainly not trying to discourage anyone from attempting to find love overseas.  But my feelings on Online Matchmaking are well known as I’ve previously posted.

What I am saying is that any of you who do this should keep this article in mind and take any potential problems you encounter with a grain of salt.

Because it seems like this is becoming more of the status quo in any type of online dating situation regardless of country.