Put on your battle gear because dating has become a minefield strewn with fakes ready to blow up in your face …
they’ll tell you everything you want to hear, but at a price.
Though, recently, I learned that averages 10 percent paid profiles and 90 percent free profiles.
The unfortunate truth is that the paid singles don’t know who is free and who is not.
Also, if the photo on the profile is suggestive in any way, (and you’re not on an alternative lifestyle or friends-with-benefits site, which by the way, are loaded with fake profiles) or looks like a modeling picture from a magazine, just be aware that there is a high probability that it’s a fake. Unfortunately, there is no surefire way to get these fakers to stop contacting you.
They are relentless marketers, as this is a job for them.
Verified, Schmerified Beware of the “verified” profiles that some sites tout.
Even some of the more clever fake profiles can get “verified” by using a friend’s credit card.
Unless the online dating site is going to go to the extra effort of meeting the single in person, doing a background check, and taking their online profile pictures for them (like Findthe It Factor.com, a personalized dating service), then “verified” means nothing more than the faker has access to a credit card.
There are services that can do background checks for you, if you feel the person is worth looking into further.
is one that can tell you if the person is who she says she is, and if she has a criminal history.
Read That Profile Another way to spot a fake is to really check out their profile.
But one rule everyone should definitely follow: No pictures of kids unless they are your kids. Use all the elements at your disposal to convey your personality while online dating.