Dating scams are probably as old as civilization itself.
But like all things driven down the information super highway, online dating is one way dating scams have picked up speed.
Although some of these scams are certainly predictable, others are less so (especially the third and fourth scams).
Naturally, we offer tips to help you protect yourself from these online dating scams.
I’ve tried several sites over the last 15 years or so, including match,com, Plenty of Fish, Friend Finder, eharmony, several that are no longer around and the one I have found most effective is OKCupid: All the important features are free, and their matching system is extremely effective.
OKC was low rated, but the written review had only good things to say about it.
Only answer questions that *particularly* resonate for you—skip any that seem unclear, or where none of the answers jump out at you).
Giving answers that don’t really fit you will dilute the effectiveness of their matching process.
But online dates have the advantage of hiding behind a computer, making them seem a whole lot “dreamier” than they really are.
An unpleasant surprise can often feel like — or be — a scam. If something sounds wrong — like a lawyer who says he’s 35 years old but has 25 years of professional experience — start asking questions.